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Proposal would stall adding 10th assistant until 2018

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

It seemed all but a done deal. It seemed.

Now, college football programs might have to wait to add a 10th assistant coach after an amendment to a proposal passed in October was released on Tuesday. The proposal was supposed to go into effect in April after a vote by the Division I council, and programs would be allowed to add a 10th on-field coach.

The latest amendment proposes Jan. 9, 2018 as the new start date for a 10th full-time assistant coach. In April, the Division I Council is set to vote on Football Oversight Committee’s proposals including this one.

According to the amendment, there are “many concerns with the timing” of the April start date.

“If the effective date is amended to occur to the conclusion of the 2017 football season, member institutions will have the opportunity to budget for the addition of a full-time countable coach and associated costs related to recruiting. In addition, a delayed effective date will better fit the hiring timeline for a football staff and will not require readjustments following the spring practice period.”

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh reportedly has hired Michael Johnson, who has 11 years of NFL coaching experience, but it is unclear what role he would fill. If the amendment delaying the 10th coach passes, Johnson would have to take a non-coaching analyst role.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh

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