Q: I have a non-conference game scheduled, but I don't know when this game
can be played. What does a non-conference game mean?
A: You will automatically play games against each team in your conference.
In addition, you can schedule up to 8 games with teams not in your
conference in baskeball, different values in other sports. You do this
with the SCHEDULE command. You don't need to provide an actual game day;
the scheduler will do it automatically. Non-conference games are played
before the conference schedule begins in basketball; usually this is true
in football as well. Always keep in mind that scheduled games are requests
rather than promises and that the other coach must also send in a request
for a game against you.
Q: How does the computer schedule the games? I assume that I must ask the
team's permission. Do they have to send anything into the auto template or
A: Yes, you have to ask permission. In order for a game to be scheduled,
both participating teams must request it.
Q: Can I schedule a game with a computer team? What about a team that
was human-run last season but is now a computer team?
A: Yes to both.
Q: Why isn't my team on the coaches' poll ballot?
A: The coaches' poll ballot consists of all teams that could legitimately be ranked in the top 15 (football/basketball) or 10 (hockey/baseball). Several of the computer rankings and the writers' poll are consulted in determining this list; if a team is in (or close to) the top 10/15 in any of the rankings it will probably be on the ballot.
Q: It looks like you restrict poll votes twice -- with the ballot restrictions and during vote processing when votes can be ignored or given partial weight. Why the double restriction?
A: It is actually only one and the same restriction. All teams are listed that you can vote for without having your ballot ignored.
Q: What does it mean if a walk-on has a * in the redshirt column?
A: NCAA eligibility only concerns itself with how many seasons a player
has played the sport, not how many seasons he has been in college. So
any academic sophomore who walks on will be counted as a redshirt freshman
for game purposes.
Q: Does a player forfeit his redshirt status if he plays in a preseason
game (CCEL only) or scrimmage?
Q: If player isn't redshirted and doesn't play for a season will he gain
an extra year of elegibility or not? If he is a Jr or a Sr what happens?
A: A junior or senior would not gain the extra year. Nor would somebody
who had already redshirted, or a sophomore on a team under sanctions.
Any other player would be treated as if he had redshirted the whole
Q: What will cause a player to transfer, and how can I avoid this?
A: A player can transfer for two reasons. First, he thinks he ought to be
starting, but isn't being played much (or at all). This can be avoided by
playing him at least 5 minutes per game on average for the season. A
true freshman on scholarship will never leave for this reason. The second
reason is that a non-scholarship player who logged significant minutes
(at least 15-20) last season demands a scholarship at the start of the
season. If you don't award him one, he will leave.
Q: When are sanctions determined, and for how long will a team be listed
as under sanctions?
A: Sanctions for cheating in recruiting are decided when recruiting is
over, right before training camps. A team under sanctions will
be ineligible for postseason play and get decreased recruiting points
the following season. The team's status will be restored after the
following recruiting season (unless, of course, they cheat and are caught
Q: Why did my team get fewer recruiting points than a team that was
worse than mine last season?
A: There are five considerations for the determination of recruiting
points: last season's final ranking, the program strength from past
season rankings, the coach's coach and GM rankings, the conference, and
whether the team is run by a human or a computer coach. Compared with
other human coaches in your conference, the relative recruiting point
totals should be fairly intuitive, however when comparing against
computer-run teams or teams in other conferences, a fair comparison is
not always possible.
Q: What do priorities do in recruiting? Does a higher number mean higher
or lower priority?
A: A player with a higher number is given a higher priority - you will
only attempt to sign a player if his priority is the highest or one
below the highest of all remaining players in that group.
Q: How hard is it to recruit players to my team. I have tried to recruit
about 30 players to my team and everyone of them say that they are not
considering my request. Whenever I try to recruit players I ask two at a
time, should I ask more per time. Before recruiting should I invite them,
then recruit them, or just recruit them.
A: Yes, you must invite a player first. The "not considering your school"
error message means that you neglected this. A player can only be
recruited after he is invited.
Q: What exactly does the leaning rating for an invitee mean? What is the
difference between a three and a four? How should this change my recruiting
A: There is no set formula for making up an X point difference; it depends
on the average number of recruiting points per player left in the entire
league. If you spend this amount, and a team with a 2 or 3 point advantage
spends nothing, you should be about even. But there are diminishing
returns. If this team with the 2-3 point advantage spends the average
amount to get this player, you would have to spend a very large amount to
Q: What are press rewards, and how do I get them?
A: If you send a press release with sufficient content, you will be given
extra prestige, which increases the number of recruiting points you get.
You can receive one reward per week.