Fitzgerald: Dual-Staff Waiver An 'Advantage'

The NCAA has permitted a waiver which allows schools like Ohio State and UCLA to have two working coaching staffs—one preparing their current team for the bowl game, the other handling recruiting. Multiple Big Ten coaches have expressed their concern with the rule, and NU head coach Pat Fitzgerald expressed his thoughts.

A recent waiver passed by the NCAA allows Ohio State to essentially have two working coaching staffs—Luke Fickell's current staff preparing the current team for the upcoming Gator Bowl, and Urban Meyer's incoming staff handling recruiting.

A number of Big Ten coaches have expressed their malcontent with the rule, which the conference does not control. Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald weighed in with his thoughts.

"I don't understand it," said Fitzgerald. "It's a big advantage, it's a big advantage. I don't get it. I don't understand it."

With the waiver in place, Meyer and Ohio State have landed verbal commitments from five-star defensive tackle Tommy Schutt, who decommitted from Penn State, and four-star defensive end Se'Von Pittman, who switched from Michigan State.

Meanwhile, Fickell and his staff have worked to prepare the 2011 Buckeye for their bowl game against Florida.

UCLA also has benefitted from the dual-staff waiver. Illinois has also asked for the waiver. As Fitzgerald pointed out, the Buckeyes aren't breaking any rules, but the rule deserves some questioning.

"I was at a basketball game last night till 11:00 at a location around here, and I had to sprint my butt back here to practice. I don't get it, I don't understand it," Fitzgerald said. "But then and again, I don't get a lot of things that the NCAA will occasionally do."


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