The college sports landscape could be undergoing a number of changes over the next decade, with some movement coming faster than others.
Among some changes in the offing, the NCAA Division I council has adopted legislation that will allow a 10th assistant coach on the field – beginning this coming year.
Another potential change would . . .
Another element of current legislation under consideration would allow coaches at camps to have recruiting conversations with prospects.
NEW YORK FREE TUITION
It will be interesting to see if recent legislation by the state of New York will impact collegiate sports teams. New York appears headed to providing a free college tuition, albeit there are some significant qualifications and stipulations.
Could a team like Buffalo “save” some athletic scholarships for in-state athletes who use state scholies, making more available for out-of-state talent. Of course, this could eventually play out on a bigger stage, so the New York situation might be interesting to watch. Some call it a model for other states, while others are already attacking the plan.
For more on some important details on the initiative, click HERE.
NIU AND FLORIDA STATE
Northern Illinois and Florida State have scheduled their second-ever meeting for Sept. 22, 2018 in Tallahassee.
The only previous game between NIU and Florida State memorably took place January 1, 2013 in the Discover Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens, Florida, when the Huskies became the first Mid-American Conference team to play in what were then known as “Bowl Championship Series” games.
The Jordan Lynch-led Huskies trailed just 17-10 with 9:55 to play in the third quarter before falling 31-10 to the No. 12 FSU team that would go on to win the national championship just one year later.
“While this is an opportunity for NIU to take on a great opponent in a fantastic location, the bottom line is this contract was motivated by the financial challenges our university is facing due to the lack of a state budget in Illinois,” NIU Associate Vice-President and Director of Athletics Sean T. Frazier said.
“As we endure a third year without a state budget in Illinois, these types of games will become more important,” he said. ”If this budget situation continues, we will look at even more opportunities to go on the road for ‘buy’ games at the expense of home games, as we continue to work to consistently fill Huskie Stadium.”