From Saturday morning’s Mobile Press-Register Sound Off section comes this little nugget:
Wait for second part on Nkemdiche
I think you're going to find in the Robert Nkemdiche commitment that Mickey Conn, his high school coach, will also be getting a position at Clemson. This was a packaged deal, and we will see it in a few days.
NCAA by-laws appear to frown on this kind of activity:
13.8.2 Material Benefits. Arrangements by an institution that involve a material benefit for a high school, preparatory school or two-year college coach, or for any other individual responsible for teaching or directing an activity in which a prospective student-athlete is involved, (e.g., the provision of a gift such as a tangible item bearing the institution’s insignia, the offer to pay a portion of the coach’s or other individual’s personal expenses, compensation based on the number of campers sent to an institution’s camp, or an arrangement to provide transportation for the coach or other individual) are prohibited.
22.214.171.124 Employment in Same Sport. A high school, preparatory school or two-year college coach who remains associated with the high school, preparatory school or two-year college in a coaching capacity in the same sport shall not be employed as a member of an institution’s coaching staff.
126.96.36.199.1 Contract for Future Employment. A member institution is permitted to enter into a contractual agreement with a high school, preparatory school or two-year college coach for an employment opportunity that begins with the next academic year, provided the employment contract with the member institution is not contingent upon the enrollment of a prospective student-athlete and the coach does not begin any coaching duties (e.g., recruiting, selection of coaching staff) for the member institution while remaining associated with the high school, preparatory school or two-year college.
There are some instances where a high school coach gets a job with the school that a player of his enrolls in. Gus Malzahn and Mitch Mustain were a much covered “package deal” to Arkansas six years ago. Houston Nutt, Malzahn and Mustain obviously convinced authorities that it really wasn’t a package deal and no NCAA violations were alleged.
If the Sound Off caller is correct and Conn does end up with a job at Clemson, he’ll have to leave his current position and swear an oath in blood that his new job had nothing to do with Nkemdiche’s eventual enrollment at Clemson.
If that enrollment occurs, that is.