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Chryst also announced that former Pitt defensive back Hank Poteat (1996-99), who spent a decade as a player in the National Football League, will join the staff as a graduate assistant and work with the cornerbacks.
And, *will not* be able to recruit off campus, correct? Seems that the reason everyone would be happy for this hire would be in terms of recruiting and influencing young kids. This doesn't allow this, correct?
He will be able to on campus though which is huge
You got to get them on campus first, Bob. As it's a GA position, it's fine. But, in terms of actual impact, I presume it won't do a whole lot.
Seems like a guy that may provide an impact in a couple of years, just not now.
Can he make calls/send texts?
Actually, there are always a ton of kids who visit campus. Especially in the summer. I would expect him to do more coaching than your typical GA
Poteat was talking about recruiting off campus on the Fan a few minutes ago. Its possible he isnt aware that he wont be able to do so, but is it also possible he is going to go out recruiting in place of somebody else?
One of my friends was a GA at PITT and later a coordinator at some area schools. He was very instrumental in landing some of the better WPIAL recruits during Walt's era.
People are aware that there's more to coaching than just recruiting, right?
Perhaps he could do off campus recruiting even as a GA if he was one of the seven 'designated' recruiters allowed by the NCAA?
Here is something interesting from the NCAA on GAs:
"Some coaching positions, like undergraduate and graduate assistants must be enrolled full-time in school. And football graduate assistants even have a seven-year clock to hold that position, akin to the five-year clock for student-athletes."
So Poteet has to be enrolled? I wonder if PITT is allowed to give him an academic scholarship then. Interesting. Apparently they can make money from the school running the various football camps during the off-season.
Here is a NCAA Blog that goes into some detail about GAs.
Starkey had an article in the Trib last year about Chris Taft being in a program that supports former Pitt athletes returning to school and finishing their undergraduate degree. I wonder if they do a similar thing with students going for graduate degrees.
Highly doubtful they would do this for graduate degrees under that program.
Hank has his bachelor's so there nothing preventing from being a full-time coach. He even coached last year down at an NAIA school.
This post was edited by steelcurtain55 14 months ago
Given the promotion of House to DC instead of landing a bigger name, perhaps the long-term plan is to groom Poteat to become the next DC???
Man, PITT fans love to look way down the road, don't they. It does look like he'll be the express DBs coach though.
I wonder how many other BCS programs has GAs as primary and specific position coaches?
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