Should the NCAA have the ability to regulate football staff sizes?

Perhaps that’s the question that should be asked instead of the now nearly ubiquitous query of “Will the NCAA limit staff sizes?”

The NCAA has dabbled in the restriction of the free market economy in relations to football programs in the past. In 1991 it attempted to limit the amount of money coaches could make by instituting “restricted earnings coaches” that sought to regulate big schools from loading up on off-the-field coaches to fill staffs. Restricted earnings coaches were paid no more than $16,000 per season.

The move was met with pushback, a legal challenge and subsequent loss in federal court.

 

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