Everyday, college football coaches are coming up with different tactics on the recruiting trail to bring in the best athletes. Pushing the boundaries and bending the rules is common, but it’s all about landing the prospect that could be the face of the program in the future.
However, finding loopholes in recruiting also means receiving flak from other coaches and Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck is a suspect of playing the system. The first-year head coach tweeted a video promoting Minnesota’s Night Under the Lights and Big Man camps, which featured recruits performing at the camp.
— P.J. Fleck (@Coach_Fleck) June 8, 2017
Per 247’s source, several programs accused Fleck of recruiting violations, because according to NCAA rules, an institution isn’t allowed to utilize recruits as advertisement for the program.
Here comes the loophole. Fleck used the video to promote specifically the camp rather than the program. It’s a video that presents how the camp functions at different positions. NCAA rules indicate, “It is permissible to post a photograph or video of a prospective student-athlete taken during the normal course of camp of clinic activities within permissible camp or clinic information and advertisements.”
Fleck may be the new guy on the block in the Big Ten, but he’s made a name for himself in the offseason.