Another daft idea from your friends at the NCAA:
An NCAA cabinet that oversees recruiting is ready to put an end to the practice of offering scholarships to underage prospects.
A proposed rules change drawn up by the Division I Recruiting and Athletics Personnel Issues Cabinet would prohibit verbal offers before the summer following an athlete’s junior year of high school — specifically before July 1. Prospects would have to have a five-semester academic transcript on file at their high schools.
Gosh, it sounds so noble. Lane Kiffin would no longer be allowed to tempt thirteen-year old quarterbacks into thinking about going to college. One problem, though. How do you enforce the ban?
Answer: um, well… gee, that’s a good question.
… If adopted, Long acknowledged the difficulty of monitoring verbal agreements and allowed that the measure could be difficult to enforce. “People who don’t plan to follow the rules don’t follow the rules whether we can monitor them or not,” she told The NCAA News. “There has to be an agreement among coaches and administrators that the spirit of what we’re doing is as important as the rule itself, and the spirit is clearly that we do not want this behavior to go on.
“Can a coach purchase a cellphone, call someone, and throw it away? Yes. Is that the kind of people we really want in this business? No.”
She’s kidding with that, right? Those are exactly the kind of people whom half the schools in the country would love to hire as their head coach. But who knows? Maybe wishing will make it so John Calipari turns over a new leaf. Petrina Long probably still believes in the Tooth Fairy.
More and more, I think Andy Staples has the best solution on the early commitment front. Let ’em sign, let ’em sign, let ’em sign.