At KUsports.com, there is an article today about a couple of new policies that Gill and his staff have instituted, with focus mostly being on a new "no cell phones 24 hours before game" policy. Jayhawks adjusting to Gill's phone policy here.
The policy works like this: KU players turn in their cell phones to the coaches the day before each game. The phones are given back after the games, many times returned to each player’s locker.
In case of emergency, family members can still contact director of football operations George Matsakis, who will then get in touch with the players.
I really don't see a problem with this. It's nice to know that there focus will be on the game. I do have a problem with a couple other things, though. One being this:
Upon learning KU’s new cell-phone rule, the website Footballscoop.com — a site used by numerous college coaches, especially for job information — posted the following:
“We’ll think this opens up Coach Gill to a lot of criticism and could impact recruiting.”
Scott Roussel, president of Footballscoop.com, said that seven college coaches helped provide the content for the site, and they had agreed that the new policy could be used against Gill in recruiting battles.
Anything that affects recruiting negatively is not a good thing, I don't care what it has to do with. More than the cell phone policy, I think this could be something to deter players from looking our way:
Also in the players’ manual is a rule that states that KU’s players cannot be with girls past 10 p.m. on any night. McDougald said that meant either having a girl over or being at her house.
This is something I think could hurt us in recruiting battles. I know I wouldn't want to go to a school like this when I was 18...probably not even now. Especially factor into the chances of this hurting us if it came down to us and another school. I just don't like it.
The final small change made this year that could affect recruiting is the names on the backs of the jerseys. Yes, I agree this is a very small matter but I don't see how it could help us. I've heard many crazy recruiting stories, such as players crossing schools off because of the brand of shoes that their Athletic Department is in contract with. Some players want to see their name on TV and they want their friends and family to see their name. For some kids, it could be a pretty big deal.
All in all, I'm just not very happy with some of the changes being made. I hope I'm wrong, and I hope it instills a discipline and attitude here that we haven't had. I just can't help but think that some of this stuff can be used against us in very important recruiting battles.
What are your thoughts? Attached is a poll as well because they're fun.