Maryland, Texas to request exemption from new NCAA rule on coaches-in-waiting

The Maryland and Texas athletic departments plan to jointly request an exemption to a recently passed NCAA rule, which subjects “publicly designated” coaches-in-waiting to the same recruiting restrictions as current head coaches.

Under a rule passed by the NCAA’s Board of Directors and Legislative Council in January, Terrapins offensive coordinator James Franklin, whom Maryland designated as Coach Ralph Friedgen’s successor in February 2009, would be limited to one off-campus visit with a prospect, and that visit could not take place during the vital recruiting period from April 15 to May 31.