The NCAA — customarily ridiculed for its rulings — amended legislation last fall allowing football coaches limited access to players enrolled in school during the summer.
For once, coaches across the country, including Florida’s Will Muschamp, are quite thankful.
In seasons past, contact between on-field coaches and players was nonexistent between the end of spring practice and the beginning of fall training camp. Now, the rule — first adopted in college basketball in 2012 — permits coaches to interact with players for up to eight hours per week, including two hours designated for film study and meetings.
Muschamp said the increased contact this offseason accelerated his team’s development, especially installing new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper’s new no-huddle attack.
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“I love the new NCAA rule,” Muschamp said.
“To be able to be on the field with our guys, see our guys work. We're much further along than we have ever been because of the new rule. That's a credit to the NCAA as far as that.”