You think recruiting is crazy now?

Ooh, baby, baby, just wait until the NCAA gets done.

Basically, it’s Nick Saban’s wet dream.

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24 responses to “You think recruiting is crazy now?

  1. Mayor of Dawgtown

    While some may bemoan the move, the simplification of NCAA Rules should be encouraged. The Rules are way too complicated and border on asinine in some instances. Also, the unevenness of enforcement has led to some pretty stupid rulings from the NCAA lately. Get rid of the fluff and then devote the resources the NCAA has to really enforce the rules against serious misconduct instead of chasing trivial BS.

  2. Go Dawgs!

    This is GREAT news for the sport. You don’t need a five inch thick rule book to keep cheating out of the game. All the five inch thick rulebook does is get Mark Richt a secondary violation if he thinks a kid is signed up after the kid announced he’s signing at a signing ceremony.

  3. Always Someone Else's Fault

    No more transfer restrictions? I guess we have Dooley to thank for that one. Nice to know he accomplished some good for the game, even if he didn’t mean to.

    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      If kids didn’t have to get waivers and could transfer to other D-IA programs and play without sitting out a year UT would have no players. Literally every player on the UT squad who was any good at all would have left already.

  4. Joe

    Wow, how many loopholes does this open?

    I agree that the 400 pages is crazy, but the major rules should still be there. Unlimited entertainment (Willie Williams, meet 15 lobsters!), “financial relief to family members” who are sick (Cam’s dad had a cold, that’s all!), an adult publicly talking about a “recruit” (is kind of creepy IMO.)

  5. 81Dog

    I personally think the existing rule against providing bagel spreads (but not bagels) is the last bulwark of civilized amateurism. Apres nous, le deluge.

  6. TennesseeDawg

    Unlimited nuts and bagels!! Recruiting has gone crazy!

  7. Bevo

    Saban will outdo the competition regardless. This will just mean less research time for his staff.

    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      The rules hamstring honest programs–not the Sabans of the world. This will be taking a millstone off the necks of honest coaches who try to follow the rules as they are now. Saban will lose his “cheatin’ at recruitin’ edge.”

  8. 69Dawg

    The article seems to indicate that the people reviewing the rules are former Federal Regulation writers. The knees are now jerking so we will see 180 degree changes that will result in unintended consequences. Do we really want all players to be free agents, I think not. Let’s just make it that the players can transfer and play immediately if the head coach leaves, the school goes on probation, or if the player has got his degree (drop the wacko requirement that the new school must offer a degree the old school does not have). The old athletic dorms were for the safety of the general population sort of like solitary confinement in prison McWhorter was a zoo.
    Feed the athletes year round as part of their scholarship.

  9. 80 Dawg

    Easy way to fix things: 1. Ban off campus recruiting by schools and boosters. 2. Make the kids compete for a spot. They get ONE visit 3. No signing LOIs until fully qualified and ACCEPTED at a school. 4. Sign a LOI= 4 year commitment by school & kid; Either backs out= lost scolly for year for both. 5. Med disquals by conference school elected med board ONLY. 6. Give NCAA supoena power. 7. Caught giving benefits to get a kid to sign= lost scholly for both. 8. Caught paying/accepting bennies after sign= immediate suspension until case is resolved; lost time is lost.

    • MT

      I like the suggestion of holding the athlete responsible for losing a scholarship if they accept benefits to sign… very comparable to the MLB rule in recruiting the Carribean: lie about your age/identity, and its discovered in the island academies, and you’re banned from the island academies for life.

  10. Always Someone Else's Fault

    Just to be clear, the med disqual removes a kid from the FIELD while leaving his scholarship INTACT. If you remove the transfer rules when a school so designates a kid (like USC did to Jones), then that scenario actually leaves a kid in the best of all possible worlds – free to go, free to stay.

    That’s a heck of a lot easier than getting into “expert” pissing matches with significant legal ramifications either way.

  11. X-Dawg

    Off the subject, but the bad photoshop of Emmert is pretty creepy, imo. (Emmert may be creepier w/o a photoshop)

  12. Meg

    I say give the program who enjoy taking the ea$y way to recruiting enough rope to hang themselves. iF they stop having to hide all the little stuff, then there is a far better chance to get caught with the red panties in the lap so to speak. It is always the little details that screw up the big criminal empires.

  13. Hobnail_Boot

    Nostalgic for the dump that was MacWhorter Hall..