I don’t think Rivals’ Bobby Burton and the Zooker will be exchanging Christmas cards any time soon, judging from the shot fired back by Burton in response to the Zooker’s recent complaint about the perceived cozy relationship between recruiting services and coaches.
I give Burton this much credit: at least he was willing to lay out specifics:
… The new rule has come about because of your profession’s inability to work within the rules that govern them. Simply put, the NCAA doesn’t want its head coaches going out in the spring because they don’t trust you and your brethren.
This new rule has nothing to do with Rivals.com; it’s not our job to recruit players, nor is any writer paid to recruit players to a school. It’s our job to report about recruiting. Instead, the new rule has everything to do with your profession’s inability to follow rules.
Even in the face of these new rules and professional scrutiny from other coaches, you personally continue to push the envelope. [Emphasis added.] For example, your appearances at coaching clinics on high school campuses – including an upcoming one at Chicago’s Mount Carmel High – is a possible circumvention of the new NCAA rules. At least that’s how one conference’s compliance folks ruled. The Big East already has told its programs they can’t conduct these “clinics,” ones exactly like you are conducting, on high school campuses during the spring evaluation period.
The by-product of this new rule won’t be that Rivals.com or any media member will have greater control over where a recruit chooses to attend college. The only real by-product will be more NCAA regulations to keep you and other college coaches from trying to circumvent the system.
Will the Zooker take this lying down, or will he fire back? We’ll have to wait and see.
(h/t The Wizard of Odds)