Bowling Green's Mike Jinks echoes Lane Kiffin, Rush Propst's NCAA Bylaw 11.4.4 displeasure

Bowling Green's Mike Jinks echoes Lane Kiffin, Rush Propst's NCAA Bylaw 11.4.4 displeasure

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Bowling Green's Mike Jinks echoes Lane Kiffin, Rush Propst's NCAA Bylaw 11.4.4 displeasure

A topic of discussion during the college football offseason has been NCAA Bylaw 11.4.4.

The rule states the following:

“In bowl subdivision football, during a two-year period before a prospective student-athlete’s anticipated enrollment and a two-year period after the prospective student-athlete’s actual enrollment, an institution shall not employ (or enter into a contract for future employment with) an individual associated with the prospective student-athlete in any athletics department noncoaching staff position or in a strength and conditioning staff position.”

Colquitt County High School head coach Rush Propst and Florida Atlantic head coach Lane Kiffin have discussed their displeasure of the rule with Vols Wire.

Now Bowling Green head coach Mike Jinks echoes their desire for the NCAA to overturn the rule that does not allow high school coaches to advance their career in an off-the-field capacity if one of their high school players that they coached is on roster at the university they are trying to be employed at.

“I do not like any rule that hampers the opportunity to develop and grow, to enhance your career path,” Jinks told Vols Wire.

Jinks coached in the Texas high school ranks for 21 years before being hired on staff under Kliff Kingsbury at Texas Tech as running backs coach in 2013.

The third-year Bowling Green head coach is the first to say that his career path to the college game “does not happen often” and that he is “really blessed.”

The passing of NCAA Bylaw 11.4.4 took place in April 2017 and this past offseason was the first full offseason the rule hampered high school coaches that had opportunities to advance their career to the college game in an off-the-field capacity.

“I went straight to a full time position, but there are guys that would have taken the other route (off-the-field),” Jinks said. “I hate how the rule is going to keep some individuals from getting their opportunity to advance their career.”

One area of the rule that Propst does not like is the NCAA not allowing high school coaches to continue being in the players lives in college from a mentor and player development standpoint.

“I can tell you first-hand that the player development piece in college sports, not just football, is huge,” Jinks said. “It is greatly needed and who better to do it than high school football coaches because that is what you have been doing your whole life.

“Not many people have taken the route I have taken, but when we sit back and talk about the things that we had to do, people are blown away. We become a huge part of players’ lives, so it is something that has lost sight.”

Lane Kiffin discusses NCAA Bylaw 11.4.4 with Vols Wire
Rush Propst discusses NCAA Bylaw 11.4.4 with Vols Wire

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