A convenient felony

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.


Filed under Crime and Punishment, Nick Saban Rules, Recruiting, The Blogosphere

7 responses to “A convenient felony

  1. You’re forgetting the cardinal rule here — if Nick Saban does it, that automatically makes it the shrewdest coaching move in the history of college football. Why, he probably paid that Elder kid to get pinched and free up a scholarship for one of those five-star recruits.


  2. I guess those students that were held up at gunpoint are proud of the assistance they’ve been able to provide the football program.

    Maybe they’ll be honored at a halftime ceremony this year.


  3. DirkDawggler

    So, there it is. The key to success in the SEC. Oversign, with the off-chance that a violent criminal is in your midst, cut him loose and free up that 85th spot! Get that sleeper. Find that diamond-in-the-rough. That’s exactly why ‘Bama is Back, BABY!


  4. JasonC

    Maybe they conferred with Fulmer and Colquitt on the value of committing crimes in order to free up scholly spots.


  5. I can’t speak for my co-author (three of us write for RBR), but I don’t think the point of his post was, “You over sign because someone might commit a felony.” I think it’s more along the lines of “attrition is part of football be it through injury, academics, misconduct, etc.” That’s something he has consistently stated throughout this whole “controversy.”


  6. Nico, to some extent I don’t doubt that – after all, he used the word “reasons” in the plural – but that sure could have been more fortuitously phrased. Especially considering the prior sentence…


  7. dean

    Speaking of arrests; USuCk had 2 player arrested last night for possession of marijuana. Both freshman receivers, I believe.