I was going to post something snarky about this and how it fits into this, but I didn’t really feel like it. Besides, I have a feeling that this is a theme that will be visited and revisited with gusto in the Blogosphere over the next few days.
But then I read this… jeez. I guess these guys are serious, since it’s a ‘Bama blog, but damn.
… Elder’s likely departure will also free up a scholarship in regard to the limit of 85 scholarship players. As you probably know by now, we need to free up a few scholarships, and this just puts us one step closer to that point. Moreover, on a more general point, it is largely reasons like this as to why you oversign in the first place. Attrition is a part of the game, and you have to compensate for that accordingly.
Just to be clear, when he writes “reasons like this”, he’s referring to this:
… The charges are, of course, very serious. This is not your typical college transgression by any stretch of the imagination. The two charges of armed robbery are considered Class A felonies in the state of Alabama, and in the state of Alabama Class A felonies carry a punishment of, “Not less than ten (10) years and not more than life or ninety-nine (99) years imprisonment in the state penitentiary and may include a fine not to exceed $20,000.”
I don’t know about you, but I don’t expect the vast majority of coaches who engage in oversigning to have the mindset that it’s justified because some kid is going to commit a violent felony. But then again, maybe they just think differently in Tuscaloosa than I do.