SAN ANTONIO — Because of a new NCAA rule that excludes all NCAA Division I coaches from speaking, or even attending, the THSCA coaching clinic, North Carolina’s Larry Fedora’s had to cancel his appearance.
“I disagree with it 100 percent,” said Navasota head football coach Lee Fedora, Larry’s brother. “When you talk about the all-star kids, they are not here at our convention or our hotel. I played in the game in 1990, and I tell you, it was one of the neatest games I ever played in as a player. Did we see any of the college coaches? No, we did not. We were there at our practice field.”
The NCAA ruling denies all Division I coaches appearing at any clinic that includes an all-star game.
“What they are taking away is that relationship that high school coaches have with the college coaches,” Lee Fedora said. “When do you get to see them? At coaching school or the AFCA (American Football Coaches Association) Convention. It’s tough for a lot of high school coaches to get to the AFCA convention, when you talk about it being all over state.”
THSCA members say they had been led to believe that their coaching school would be granted an exception. The NCAA granted none.
“To give you an exact date when my brother found out, I’m not sure, but it was in the last two weeks,” Fedora said. “He was very disappointed because he always enjoys coming and putting his input into the Texas High School Coaches Association, because he’s a member of the [THSCA]. He started coaching in Texas. It wasn’t about coming to try to get recruits. It’s about keeping those relationships. I’m hoping the NCAA looks into that and sees that we are not those all-star games where college coaches are hanging out in the parking lot and talking to kids. Almost all of our kids have made commitments and they’re done [with the recruiting process].”
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