Count Illinois' Ron Zook among coaches who are against the new "Saban Rule," which prohibits head coaches from going on the road during the spring evaluation period from April 15-May 31.
Now throw the Internet into all of this and suddenly you have a bigger problem. Writes Lindsey Willhite of the Arlington Heights Daily Herald:
"Because operator/writers for Internet sites, such as Rivals.com and Scout.com, are the only ones who have unregulated access to recruits when coaches can't talk to them, it's an area that's ripe for corruption.
"Some programs have secretly allied themselves with the Web sites that report on their school as another way to communicate with recruits.
"In return, the Web sites get better information, more traffic and make more money.
" 'We're turning the recruiting over to the so-called recruiting gurus,' Zook said. 'Now, all of a sudden, just like you've got basketball coaches complaining that it's turning over to the AAU coaches, now we're turning it over to these guys that can call them.
" 'Well, you know what a lot of them are saying. They're selling their school to these kids, and we're not able to talk to them. To me, we're losing this thing, in my opinion.' "
Thanks to Image of Sport.