While ACC Media Days were fun for many, North Carolina Tar Heels football coach Larry Fedora was rather willing to express his displeasure when the topic of NCAA rule changes came up while he was at the podium Friday.
Actually, he pretty much ranted about it.
“There’s quite a few that I don’t like,” Fedora said from the Westin in Charlotte, N.C., according to Scout. “I don’t like the fact that now guys can take official visits for eight months of the year. I do not like that. I do not like guys taking official visits in April, May and June. I don’t like that this [event] started this week and not a week later. That cut into another week of my vacation. What I’m getting to there is now they’ve backed camp up so you can go on the 27th, so now we’ve moved football into July. Now they’re talking about going to a 14-week schedule, so who’s going to say that’s not going to go another week earlier so you can get your guys prepared?
“Eventually it’s going to be year-round football, is what it’s going to be, and that’s not good for college football, it’s not good for the players, the student-athletes that are trying to go to summer school at the same time that they’re practicing. I don’t like any of that.”
Fedora admitted he didn’t hate all the changes. He added that hiring a 10th coach “makes total sense” because of the coach-to-player ratio, and Fedora also likes the earlier signing period. But that’s it.
Among the college football rule changes for 2017:
- There are now two signing periods. In 2017, players will have their first opportunity to officially sign from Dec. 20-22.
- Extended recruiting season that lengthens the period for official visits to April 1 of the prospect’s junior high school season.
- Teams are allowed 10 assistant coaches starting Jan. 9, 2018.
- Two-a-day practices during training camp are banned. If teams practice twice per day, the extra session must be a film study, walkthrough without pads or conditioning.
- Teams were allowed to request training camp to begin in July if the ban on two-a-day practices disrupted their schedule.
The 14-week schedule Fedora mentioning isn’t a new rule change but is being considered. A 14-week schedule would allow for two bye weeks during the season, but it could potentially push practice into July even further and hurt players who take summer courses or who want to spend a few summer weeks at home.