Michael Carvell has a nice follow up with Orson Charles about his final decision to sign with Georgia. Aside from showing that the kid seems to have a good head on his shoulders, the other noteworthy item from the post is this observation from Charles about Pete Carroll:
“He was mad. He just thought I would have a better chance of playing on a winning team and for a national championship if I signed with USC. He also was upset that he went to a lot of trouble with [heralded quarterback prospect Matt Barkley] to get the No. 7 jersey. [Carroll] kept me on the phone for awhile.”
I bet he did. It sounds like he had to get a lot off his chest. Sign with us because we went to a lot of trouble to promise you your jersey number?
Meanwhile, Dennis Dodd decides to dip his toes back into the Bryce Brown waters. The whole thing has a slightly unsavory tang to it, starting with this quote from Brian Butler…
“My goal,” Butler added, “is to be a millionaire before they (players) are.”
Dude, some advice: when the NCAA is investigating you, there are probably better things to discuss publicly than growing the size of your bank account.
Then there’s this.
A best guess is that Bryce has narrowed his choices to Oregon and Tennessee. Based on conversations I’ve had, the kid is very interested in how he will be promoted. Oregon has at its disposal the Nike marketing machine…
Exactly how does Nike plan on promoting an amateur athlete, pray tell? This kid is an accident waiting to happen.
At least no coach has promised him a jersey number, though.