Lane Kiffin sides with Rush Propst in overturning NCAA Bylaw 11.4.4

Lane Kiffin sides with Rush Propst in overturning NCAA Bylaw 11.4.4

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Lane Kiffin sides with Rush Propst in overturning NCAA Bylaw 11.4.4

With summer football camps ending, consisting of high school players at universities, NCAA Bylaw 11.4.4 is a topic of discussion.

Colquitt County head coach Rush Propst told Vols Wire that he is not in favor of the rule as it prevents high school coaches from being in an off-field position for two years if a player he coached is on the school’s roster.

Now Florida Atlantic head coach Lane Kiffin is expressing his concern of the rule.

“I think it’s a really bad rule,” Kiffin told Vols Wire. “I am surprised it is even allowed to happen. You are restricting people from advancing on a job. It is really bad because a lot of these guys want to get into college coaching.”

Kiffin also points out that throughout the recruiting process that “you can find really good coaches that you may want to give a shot” at coaching and that is also what makes it a “very unfortunate rule.”

First-year Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt broke into the FBS college coaching profession at Alabama in 2007 in an off-field capacity as Nick Saban’s Director of Player Personnel. Pruitt came directly from Hoover High School in Hoover, Ala., and Alabama had three players on roster that Pruitt coached in high school.

If the NCAA’s Bylaw 11.4.4 was in existence then, Pruitt would not have been able to coach in an off-field role.

“If this rule was in place that could not have happened for Jeremy Pruitt,” Kiffin said. “It really is unfortunate for high school coaches.”

Kiffin and Pruitt worked alongside each other as Saban’s coordinators in 2016. Kiffin realizes how far Pruitt has worked his way up the coaching ranks after an opportunity to start in an off-field capacity.

“I thought he was phenomenal on all fronts,” Kiffin said of working with Pruitt. “He was a great recruiter, great with the kids, and obviously the defense was unbelievable when he was there.”

Propst says that he “will go to any court in the land” and will say anything that he needs to say “because this rule is dead wrong.”

“There are a lot of good men that are good football coaches that are being punished by this rule and it is not the American way,” Propst said of his desire to overturn NCAA Bylaw 11.4.4 that was implemented in April 2017.

Kiffin agrees that Propst taking legal action can be the starting point in overturning ruling that prevents high school coaches from advancing their careers in off-field positions.

“I would think someone going to court on it, much like the satellite camps and restricting that, now you are seeing SEC transfers, so a lot of that stuff is based off of people being afraid of lawsuits.”

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