Swinney discusses the 'Saban Rule'


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College football head coaches are currently banned from making off-campus recruiting visits and evaluating prospects during the spring evaluation period (through May 31).

Most of the work during the spring evaluation period including conversations with high school coaches, studying film of prospects and meeting with other high school officials falls strictly upon assistant coaches.

The AJC asked several coaches including Clemson head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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if the NCAA should overturn the 'Saban Rule' for head coaches to be able to recruit again in the Spring evaluation period?
It is called the Saban Rule because Saban supposedly visited around 100 schools during the Spring of 2008 and was accused of improper contact with recruits.

Swinney would be excited to be able to visit high schools and potential recruits during the spring evaluation period.

“I’d love to be back on the road," Swinney told the AJC. "I’ve always enjoyed recruiting and going out. I don’t want to back out on the road if it’s not a contact period. It puts the head coaches in a really difficult situation. That’s why they took the head coaches off the road — because you’re going out there, and you just really get put in bad spots. People don’t understand the rules, and they want you to say hello to everybody. It’s a bad situation, and that’s exactly why they did that. But me personally, I love recruiting. I love going out on the road, and I love getting into the high schools. I don’t ever see that as a bad thing."

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