NCAA Council removes restrictions on recruiting class sizes and FBS conference title game requirements

The NCAA Division I Council voted Wednesday to implement a two-year waiver for programs to sign larger numbers of recruits, as well as eliminate requirements for FBS conference championship games, allowing the conferences decide how their teams will be eligible for the contest. The initiatives were approved following the recommendations of the Football Oversight Committee. earlier this month.

The change in the initial scholarship counter is a significant development fueled by roster turnover during the transfer portal era. Previously, schools were limited to adding 25 initial scholars a year between high school recruits and transfers with some existing gaps. However, at a time when it’s not uncommon for a school to have 20 or more scholarship players entering the portal, the math can get tricky.

Kansas sank into a remarkably deep scholarship hole after Charlie Weis was fired in 2014. When David Beaty took over the program in 2015, the Jayhawks had only 28 scholarship players for spring practice instead of the 85 scholarships allowed. .

While the NCAA would lift the restriction for a limited period of time, teams would still be capped at 85 scholarship players. It would, however, pave the way for massive high school and transfer recruiting classes to fill the spots during the two-year window.

Removing restrictions on games for the conference title isn’t such a controversial move. Previously, conferences with at least 12 members were required to decide the football champions by dividing into divisions and staging the winners of each division in a conference championship game. However, removing the requirement opens the door to different schedule structures.

Notably, the 10-member Big 12 have played a round-robin schedule culminating in the top two teams playing in a conference championship game. In addition, the ACC is exploring a 3-5-5 programming model that would have three consistent common opponents and five opponents who rotate each year. The model would ensure that all four-year-old athletes play at all conference schools.

The SEC notoriously has a divisional model with a permanent common opponent, which means teams can go a long time without playing cross-divisional opponents. For example: Texas A&M entered the SEC in 2012 but has only played Georgia once over the course of a decade. With the SEC poised to expand to 16 teams with the additions of Texas and Oklahoma, creating separate eight-team divisions makes little sense in scheduling a conference that plays just eight conference games.

Meanwhile, the Pac-12 wasted no time in altering its championship game requirements. Minutes after Wednesday’s announcement, the announced league that the teams with the two highest winning percentages in the conference will meet for the title starting in the 2022 season.

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