Mike Farrell has a suggestion for all those coaches complaining about recruits
exercising the small bit of freedom and leverage they have with a school before signing a NLI de-committing:
“Move the written offer date up to Sept. 1 of freshman year and I guarantee there will be a lot less kids with offers, and committing, and de-commiting,” he said. “Kids are smarter than they are given credit for, and when the offers used to be in writing before their junior year, they would wait for Sept. 1. If they didn’t get a written offer, they would be asking why not.
“Kids could press the schools and the schools could only dodge the question for a limited amount of time. I am not blaming the kids or the schools now because they are all playing by the rules but that is the problem — the process is broken and it needs to start holding someone accountable.
“Kids are kids, so the NCAA needs to make the schools accountable,” Farrell said. “If programs knew they would have to put an offer in writing when a kid was a freshman, they would be more careful on who they were recruiting and it would slow the process back down to a more controlled situation.”
That’s not such a bad idea. It’s not as good as Andy Staples’ suggestion, but at least it’s a start. Which means it’s got no chance of ever seeing the light of day as a concrete rule.
Remember when Hugh Freeze put his manhood on display and challenged the world to send any complaints about Ole Miss recruiting to the school’s compliance staff? Well, he got more than eighty takers in response.
The school has sorted through all the deliveries and – guess what? – found that there’s no there there. One slight catch, though. In response to a public records request, the compliance department refused to release all the e-mails in question.
The university declined to release the remaining 31 emails after the public records request by The Clarion-Ledger, citing four different reasons: The NCAA requires institutions to keep information confidential while the matters are being examined; those who sent the emails have a “reasonable expectation of privacy”; some or all of the emails are protected under applicable Mississippi tort law protecting privacy and prohibiting public disclosure of private facts; some of the emails were protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which protects the privacy of student education records.
The university noted that disclosing certain emails could have a “chilling effect on future sources of information, thus frustrating our compliance and enforcement efforts.” A university spokesman didn’t respond to a request for further comment on the emails.
I guess we’ll just have to trust them on that.
Tyner said if the university discovers any violations that were “originally disclosed in one of those emails,” it will self-report to the NCAA or Southeastern Conference.
O.J. is still looking for Nicole’s killer, too.
Evidently the secret is out, according to a recruit.
… another reason is that he has been getting an earful from opposing coaches about UGA’s depth chart on the defensive line.
“I’m hearing that there’s too much depth already at Georgia,” Lambert said. “From what I’m hearing, it will be around 10 linemen there when I get there. But (Wilson) was telling me that anywhere I go, there’s going to be a lot of players.”
Geez… and here we’ve been all worried about the defense this spring.
I wonder what those schools are telling defensive back recruits who are interested in the Dawgs.
Sadly, five-star recruit mocks Ole Miss for racism.
Even sadder is what passes for a rebuttal:
There is no evidence that there have been any KKK rallies on the school’s campus this year, let alone monthly.
The last known KKK rally at Ole Miss was in 2009 when KKK members protested the school’s removal of the song “From Dixie with Love” from the song list. At the time the Associated Press noted about 12 KKK members protested, while as many as 250 people protested the KKK’s presence.
Correction duly noted.
Radi Nabulsi tweets that Ole Miss is recruiting the dickens out of offensive tackle Dyshon Sims. Sims happens to be a Georgia target. He also happens to be Josh Harvey-Clemons’ cousin. Think they’ve talked much about JHC’s one-game suspension? Think Ole Miss’ coaches will talk even more about it?
Shorter random Georgia Tech supporter: that Paul Johnson doesn’t actually sign recruits he offers is proof that he’s a great recruiter.
You guys know I normally make it a rule not to get into the weeds of verbal commitments here. But when it’s a rare instance of a kid choosing between Georgia and Georgia Tech, said kid makes a point of raising academics as an important factor in his decision and then chooses to spend the next four years of his life in Athens… well, it’s kind of hard for me to ignore the good folks on StingTalk rising to take the bait.
That some of the Techies had convinced themselves that for Parrish a GT degree would outweigh the dead-end prospect of playing quarterback in the triple-option is almost too cute for words, ain’t it?
Brian Kelly wants you all to know that he’s making Eddie Vanderdoes suffer with the consequences of the contract he signed with Notre Dame because Brian Kelly had to suffer, too.
… Kelly was asked whether it was fair he was allowed to leave Cincinnati in 2009, where he had a contract to coach the Bearcats through the 2013 season, and take the Notre Dame job and begin coaching the Irish the next season and Vanderdoes can’t play this season.
“I paid a million dollars in a buyout, too. There’s accountability in making those decisions,” Kelly said. “You can break the contract. He’s broken the contract and he’s going to go to another school. But there’s a level of accountability there.”
Sadly for Vanderdoes, his is not a level that includes having your new school toss a few extra bucks in the pot to make the move a little more palatable.
The document notes that “a significant part of the amount” listed as other reportable compensation “represents a one-time payment to Coach Kelly.” This likely was a signing incentive or money paid to him so he could pay his $1 million contract buyout to Cincinnati, or some combination of those.
Not to mention that Kelly is being paid roughly a million dollars more per year now than he was at his earlier stop. You see, life’s been rough and it’s made Kelly a better man for it. So Eddie needs to suck it up and learn a lesson here.
Actually there is a lesson to be learned. It’s just not the one Kelly’s trying to sell.
It’s getting very hard to find the point where coaches stop feeding BS to the media and start believing their own nonsense is the truth.
More random bits of college football nourishment for your reading pleasure…
- John Pennington looks at SEC schools’ non-conference schedules over the past few seasons and makes a good point: “There are a lot of people who look at Georgia’s talent and the Bulldogs long run of success who ask, “When’s Mark Richt gonna win a BCS title?” First, those aren’t easy to come by. Second, they’re especially not easy to come by when you play eight SEC contests and you schedule 10 games in five years against BCS-level competition.”
- Another day, another law suit against a company selling player images. When will these amateurs learn their place?
- This doesn’t sound good. At all.
- Michael Felder takes an interesting look at what happens to all those top QB prospects after they enter college. Let’s just say it’s not exactly a science. Makes me appreciate what Richt and Bobo have done with quarterback development all the more.
- Danny Sheridan breaks down the 2013 title odds for you and guess what – it’s all Alabama!
- Skip Bayless talks to Johnny Manziel about Tim Tebow. The mind reels.
- Nifty graphical post about college football drive outcomes.