ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon says he doesn't understand the waiver that allows Ohio State to briefly exceed the limit of football coaches on staff after hiring Urban Meyer.
The existing staff, under Luke Fickell, will prepare the Buckeyes on the field up to and including their Gator Bowl game against Florida on Jan. 2. Meyer, the incoming coach, will handle only recruiting while hiring his own assistants.
The NCAA has approved the arrangement, saying it's not all that rare.
Brandon said in an e-mail to The Associated Press: "It allows more coaching resources to work on the two primary responsibilities of any staff -- coaching and recruiting. I am struggling to understand how this relates to the 'level playing field' the NCAA claims it is always working to create."