David Cutcliffe blasts early official visits: 'It's irresponsible and reckless'

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday April 26, 2017


David Cutcliffe is NOT happy about spring official visits for juniors.

Asked on the ACC Coaches Teleconference about the new NCAA rules passed two weeks ago, Cutcliffe said he didn’t have enough time on the call to give all of his complaints, but he started with spring official visits, which will be allowed from April 1 to the last Sunday before the last Wednesday in June, beginning next year.

Along with early signing, he says it’ll put more pressure on kids to commit quicker.

“The law of unintended consequences is going to be brutal,” Cutcliffe said. “I think it’s irresponsible, to be honest with you. We’ve got to respect spring time in high schools, whether it’s spring sports, spring football, coaches, teachers.

“We’ve got a situation where if you go April, May, June with official visits — right now we don’t have contacts with juniors in January or December of their junior year — it’s going to force more that you’re going to have to just walk away. How does that young man really decide?”

Cutcliffe pointed to all the people involved in an official visit, compared to unofficials.

“It’s going to take people — not just your players and coaches — an official visit requires a lot of people,” he said. “That’s faculty, all your staff, equipment room, trainers, academic support. I don’t think anybody really understands the day-to-day operation. There are parts that may be good. There are parts that may be true. But it’s irresponsible. I would call it reckless to move forward.”

Unlike the massive support for early signing and a 10th assistant, Cutcliffe said there was little support for early visits. But all of the proposals were in one single package for the NCAA, almost like a political bill.

CoachingSearch was at an assistant coaches rules meeting at the AFCA Convention in January, and there was almost no support for early signing among the coaches there. They cited a worry that camps could become like tryouts (if there was late-summer signing), and an already-shrinking lack of offseason free time for coaches to spend with their families.

Now, schools don’t have to provide official visits in spring, but if a kid wants to come, you’re not going to turn it down, especially as kids only get five total. The jobs of coaches just got busier.

“There was nobody at the AFCA — I think we got a little misrepresented there — there was nobody in favor of this in the assistant coaching ranks. Maybe one school talked a little about it, but not really in favor. I just don’t think it’s going to help us in any form or fashion.

“Also, unofficial visits have been around a long time. What that does is make young people really decide if they’re interested. You open this up, you’re flying parents in. If they take five trips, where are they really interested? … I don’t like it a bit, to be honest with you.”

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with CoachingSearch.com and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News, MLive.com, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to chris@coachingsearch.com.