College football programs may have to wait until after next season to add a 10th full-time assistant coach.
Teams are currently allowed nine full-time assistants, but a proposal from the Division I Football Oversight Committee passed in October aimed to add a 10th. That proposal also received unanimous support in January from the American Football Coaches Association and was expected to go into effect in April after a vote by the Division I Council.
But an amendment to that proposal released this week by the NCAA aims to push that back. The amended legislation now proposes a start date of Jan. 9, 2018 for the 10th full-time assistant. That would make it effective immediately after the end of the 2017 college football season.
The amendment claims there are "many concerns" with the timing of an April start date and pushing it back to January would alleviate that.
"An April effective date is in the middle of the budget year for the membership and is late in the hiring period for a football staff," the amendment reads. "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."
Nebraska coach Mike Riley said in the fall that he was strongly in favor of adding a 10th assistant, citing the heavily lopsided athlete-coach ratio in college football.
The Huskers currently have nine full-time assistants after this week's hiring of Bob Elliott as safeties coach. NU has also hired defensive coordinator Bob Diaco and corners coach Donte Williams this offseason.
The would-be 10th assistant at Nebraska is likely already on staff. Billy Devaney, Nebraska's executive director of player personnel, said Wednesday during an interview on "The Bottom Line" that Thompson has been "earmarked" for that spot once this legislation is passed. But assuming this amendment is made official, Thompson would have to wait nearly one more year before becoming a full-time assistant.
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The Huskers run onto the field following the nephews of late Husker punter Sam Foltz before the start of their game against Fresno State. The moment began a season-long effort to honor Foltz, who was tragically lost in a car accident.
The sun shines on the student section breaking up the rain clouds in the first quarter of Nebraska's game against Fresno State.
Nebraska's Sam Hahn raises his finger to the sky to honor Sam Foltz after the Huskers lined up without a punter during their game against Fresno State. The move became one of the most emotional tributes to Foltz that took place during the season.
Nebraska's Stanley Morgan, left, and Tommy Armstrong celebrate a touchdown in the third quarter of their game against Fresno State. The Huskers would blow it open in the second half for a 43-10 win over the Bulldogs.
Things got chippy between the Huskers and Cowboys as a flag was thrown on both Wyoming's Antonio Hull and Nebraska's Alonzo Moore.
Nebraska's Nate Gerry, No. 25, breaks up a pass intended for Wyoming's Jacob Hollister in the second quarter of the Huskers' 52-17 win.
Nebraska safety Kieron Williams runs in for a touchdown after making a third-quarter interception against Wyoming. That would begin a theme of Williams harassing opponents' passing attacks throughout the season.
Nebraska's Nate Gerry enters the field for one of the most anticipated games of the season against Oregon.
Nebraska receiver Jordan Westerkamp makes a touchdown catch over Oregon's Reggie Daniels during the second quarter against the Ducks.
Nebraska's Tommy Armstrong dives in for the game-winning touchdown against Oregon's Khalil Oliver during the fourth quarter. The win would propel the Huskers into the national rankings.
Nebraska wide receiver Stanley Morgan celebrates with fans after the win over Oregon. Husker nation was jubilant after a 3-0 nonconference campaign.
Nebraska tight end Cethan Carter catches a huge touchdown against Northwestern. The Huskers would win their first road test 24-13.
Nebraska's Joshua Kalu, right, celebrates after intercepting a pass in the fourth quarter against Northwestern. One of the many times the Huskers' defense would come up big during the season.
Nebraska wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp scores a touchdown in the third quarter against Northwestern. The Chicago-area native experienced another marquee moment in front of family and friends.
Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong attempts to run away from a horse collar tackle delivered by Illinois defensive lineman Chunky Clements during the third quarter of their game. The Huskers would overcome a slow start to move to 5-0 on the year.
Lincoln native Trey Foster caught a big touchdown pass against Illinois to help the Huskers move to 5-0 on the season.
Nebraska running back Terrell Newby scores a 63-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter against Illinois. The senior running back shut the door on Illinois with 140 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
Nebraska's Chris Jones spins into the end zone for a touchdown after his interception against Indiana.
Indiana quarterback Zander Diamont is tackled by Nebraska's Aaron Williams, left, and Nate Gerry in the third quarter of their game.
Nebraska's Stanley Morgan looks back at defenders as he runs for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against Indiana. The 72-yard touchdown would prove to be the difference as the Huskers moved to 6-0.
Nebraska's Joshua Kalu leaps up with the help of Aaron Williams after Williams grabbed an interception near the end of the fourth quarter to seal the 27-22 win against Indiana.
Nebraska's De'Mornay Pierson-El, No. 15, celebrates scoring a third-quarter touchdown with Stanley Morgan against Purdue.
Nebraska's Alonzo Moore scores in the fourth quarter to close out a win against Purdue. The Huskers recovered from a 14-10 halftime deficit to remain unbeaten on the season.
Nebraska's Kieron Williams, No. 26, grabbed another interception against Purdue.
Nebraska and Wisconsin endured a physical battle in front of a national audience. Tommy Armstrong and the Huskers would fall in overtime 23-17.
Nebraska's Nathan Gerry, No. 25, celebrates intercepting a pass in the fourth quarter with Josh Banderas. Gerry gave the Huskers a chance to win with two key interceptions.
Wisconsin's D'Cota Dixon breaks up a pass intended for Nebraska's Stanley Morgan to win the game in overtime.
Ohio State's Mike Weber carries the ball after a missed tackle by Josh Banderas during a brutal 62-3 loss in Columbus for the Huskers.
Nebraska's Tommy Armstrong returns to the field at Ohio Stadium after being taken to the hospital in an ambulance with a concussion. Armstrong returned to action the next week against Minnesota.
Nebraska coach Mike Riley and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer shake hands after the Buckeyes drilled the Huskers 62-3 in Columbus.
Nebraska's Terrell Newby gets airborne after being tackled by Minnesota's Antoine Winfield Jr. The Huskers overcame a 17-10 halftime deficit to down the Gophers and move to 8-2 on the season.
Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong flips into the end zone to score the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter. He was injured on the play and didn't return to the game.
Nebraska linemen Jerald Foster, left, and Tanner Farmer carry off quarterback Tommy Armstrong after Armstrong was injured scoring the winning touchdown against Minnesota.
Nebraska's Kieron Williams intercepts a pass to clinch the win as Aaron Williams, No. 24, celebrates.
Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. gets tackled by Ohio State's Malik Hooker during the second quarter at Ohio Stadium on Saturday, November 05, 2016. Armstrong would leave the field in an ambulance after the play. CHRIS MACHIAN/THE WORLD-HERALD
Nebraska's Stanley Morgan Jr. can't catch this third quarter pass as Ohio State's Denzel Ward defends at Ohio Stadium on Saturday, November 05, 2016. CHRIS MACHIAN/THE WORLD-HERALD
Nebraska's Tommy Armstrong Jr. touches a Sam Foltz sign while walking onto the field before their game with Ohio State at Ohio Stadium on Saturday, November 05, 2016. CHRIS MACHIAN/THE WORLD-HERALD
Ohio State's Parris Campbell eludes a tackle by Nebraska's Luke McNitt while returning a Nebraska kick after a field goal in the first quarter by at Ohio Stadium on Saturday, November 05, 2016. CHRIS MACHIAN/THE WORLD-HERALD
Nebraska's Jordan Westerkamp can't catch this second quarter pass as Ohio State's Gareon Conley at Ohio Stadium on Saturday, November 05, 2016. CHRIS MACHIAN/THE WORLD-HERALD
Nebraska's Terrell Newby gets tackled by Maryland's Jermaine Carter Jr. at 8:46 in the fourth quarter for an 11-yard receptopn at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, November 19, 2016. CHRIS MACHIAN/THE WORLD-HERALD
Nebraska's Jordan Westerkamp makes a catch at 11:52 in the first quarter as he is tackled by Maryland's RaVon Davis at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, November 19, 2016. CHRIS MACHIAN/THE WORLD-HERALD
Nebraska's Nick Gates (68) lifts Nebraska's Jordan Westerkamp (1) into the air after Westerkamp scored a touchdown in the second quarter. The Nebraska Cornhuskers played the Maryland Terrapins in a football game at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. RYAN SODERLIN/THE WORLD-HERALD
Nebraska's Jordan Westerkamp catches a pass for a touchdown as Maryland's JC Jackson defends.
Nebraska's Ryker Fyfe (17) can't escape Shane Cockerille (2) in the second quarter. The Nebraska Cornhuskers played the Maryland Terrapins in a football game at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. RYAN SODERLIN/THE WORLD-HERALD
Nebraska's Tommy Armstrong Jr. (4) knees as he lays flowers on the 27 yard line in memory of Sam Foltz. The Nebraska Cornhuskers played the Maryland Terrapins in a football game at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. RYAN SODERLIN/THE WORLD-HERALD
Nebraska's wide receivers coach Keith Williams high fives Nebraska's Stanley Morgan Jr. (8) after he made a third quarter reception. The Nebraska Cornhuskers played the Iowa Hawkeyes in a football game at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa, on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. RYAN SODERLIN/THE WORLD-HERALD
Nebraska's Tre Bryant (18) breaks free from Iowa tackler Josey Jewell (43) in the first quarter. The Nebraska Cornhuskers played the Iowa Hawkeyes in a football game at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa, on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. RYAN SODERLIN/THE WORLD-HERALD
Nebraska's Tommy Armstrong Jr. (4) waits to take the field at the start of the Iowa football game. The Nebraska Cornhuskers played the Iowa Hawkeyes in a football game at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa, on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. RYAN SODERLIN/THE WORLD-HERALD
Nebraska's Nathan Gerry (25) warms up for the Iowa football game. The Nebraska Cornhuskers played the Iowa Hawkeyes in a football game at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa, on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. RYAN SODERLIN/THE WORLD-HERALD
De'Mornay Pierson-El and the rest of the Nebraska special teams have struggled recently, which resulted in the firing of coordinator Bruce Read.
Iowa special teamer Jack Hockaday puts his hands to the face of Nebraska defensive end Ross Dzuris in the third quarter.
Nebraska’s Jordan Westerkamp had four catches for 50 yards against Iowa. Westerkamp has at least one catch in 36 straight games, one behind the school record held by Johnny Rodgers.
Nebraska tight end Cethan Carter, No. 11, and linebacker Josh Banderas walk off the field together following the Huskers' 40-10 loss to Iowa.
Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong limps off the field following the Huskers' 40-10 loss to Iowa.