Coach, you’ve gotta ask yourself a question: “Do I feel lucky?”

Michael Carvell reports that the SEC won its appeal of the NCAA’s restrictive interpretation of the rule about high school seniors who qualify to enroll early and sign financial aid agreements with more than one program.  He sees this as a game-changer, leading to a return of an era when coaches camped out on the doorsteps of the most sought after recruits.

Me, I’m not so sure it’s as big a deal as he hopes.

Because there’s a big caveat in the very first paragraph of the NCAA’s official announcement:

As a part of its April meeting, Division I Legislative Council members decided that schools may continue to recruit prospects who sign financial aid agreements for mid-year enrollment. But if that prospect does not enroll at the school, the school will be considered in violation of recruiting rules.  [Emphasis added.]

What it looks like the NCAA has done is to shift the risk from the unknown…

The change created an unintended scenario in which prospects (most often mid-year enrollees) signed multiple offers of financial aid and coaches were incentivized to recruit prospects to sign so they could recruit without restrictions. The act of signing the agreements then lifted recruiting restrictions for that prospect with more than one school and created what some termed an unhealthy recruiting environment surrounding mid-year enrollees.

The official interpretation said that only the first school to sign a prospect to a financial aid agreement was allowed the unlimited recruiting access, but many schools indicated a concern about inadvertent violations. Schools often aren’t aware when prospects sign financial aid agreements with multiple schools and in what order.

… to the known.  If you’re a head coach who agrees to let a recruit sign a financial aid agreement, you no longer have to worry about how many other agreements he’s signed.  You now have to worry about making sure he’s part of your next class.  That strikes me as a tough gamble to take, unless you’re awfully sure about the kid and your chances to sign him.

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“There’s nothing to make us think they won’t be full speed by June.”

Well, this is good news.

Coach Mark Richt said on the G-Day TV broadcast on CSS that he expects Rome, wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell (leg) and tailback Keith Marshall (knee) to be ready well before August practices.

The more weapons for Bobo and Mason to use, the better.

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Life begins at forty.

We gots us another bowl game.

The American Athletic and Sun Belt conferences will participate in a new bowl game in Orlando, Fla., in 2015, sources said Tuesday.

The addition of the game — it will be called the Cure Bowl and benefit breast cancer-related charities — will increase the number of bowls in 2015 to a record 40, although that includes the College Football Playoff title game, so only 78 bowl teams will be needed.

They still need a TV deal, so that explains the delay into 2015, but I doubt that remains a hold up for too long.

And to think there were twelve less bowls just a decade ago.  Between teams jumping up to D-1 and playoff expansion, don’t expect that trend to stop any time soon.

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When Pruitt ain’t happy, nobody’s happy.

Holy crap… when’s the last time you heard any Georgia coach talk like this?

“We had 50 guys out there on defense that were all trying to do the same stuff,” Pruitt said. “I didn’t see anybody particularly that just stuck out and deserved an award. It’s kind of like, nowadays everybody’s playing t-ball and everybody gets a trophy. But that’s part of the tradition here and there’s nothing wrong with it. … It’s not a big deal really.”

In case you think something was lost in tone as it went to print, nah.

This isn’t shaping up as the usual summer offseason for the defense.  It’ll be interesting to see who doesn’t get the message.  And I doubt we’ll have much trouble figuring out who that turns out to be.

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UPDATE:  This, too.

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“I can’t just say, ‘Hey, man, here’s a Bible…’”

This may be the most Clemson thing ever.

Last season, Dabo Swinney, the head football coach at Clemson University, gathered his team on the practice field one day for an important announcement. “Someone is about to turn their life over to Christ,” he said.

DeAndre Hopkins, a star wide receiver, stepped forward. A livestock trough had been placed near the 50-yard line and filled with water. Mr. Hopkins, still wearing his uniform and pads, climbed in. As several dozen teammates and coaches looked on, he was baptized.

A livestock trough?  Was the lake booked?

(h/t)

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One man’s potential for corruption is another man’s hypocrisy.

Those of you who are firmly convinced that student-athletes who take part in revenue generating sports at major universities are fairly compensated for their efforts with a scholarship, tell me something.  If the NCAA’s amateurism protocols expired today, do you think those kids would receive greater compensation tomorrow in a free market setting?

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Tuesday morning buffet

Go get a plate and dig in.

  • Keith Marshall makes a funny about Bubba Watson.
  • It’s springtime, and you know what that means:  this year, the Florida offense is going to be good.
  • The SEC’s appeal of the NCAA’s interpretation of the rule permitting recruits to sign early multiple financial aid offers is being heard today.
  • A student task force at the University of Michigan found that Brady Hoke likely lied about a player who was alleged to have been involved in a sexual assault?  Whoa.  We’ll see if the rule about the coverup being a bigger problem than the original incident plays out in Ann Arbor.
  • Brice Ramsey, on his G-Day performance:  “I was picking up blitzes, making the right reads. I just need to put the ball on. I had a bad day throwing.”
  • ”In theory, it could give the private universities a recruiting advantage.”
  • John Pennington argues for a rule that would prevent SEC teams from signing kids who had been kicked out of other SEC programs for violations.  One rationale for that: “The fact that a booted player could come back to haunt a coach down the road might lead some to hang onto players a bit longer even if they’ve proven to be bad news.”  That’s never been a concern at Georgia, obviously.
  • And Seth Emerson says the NCAA can’t find a middle ground.  Wouldn’t it have to be looking for one first?

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