I respect the position of those who vehemently object to the practice of oversigning, even if I’m not as worked up about it as they are.
That’s not to say that there aren’t aspects to the present day recruiting scene that don’t offend the bejeezus out of me. For one such current signing practice which really chaps my ass, turn north, my friends, to that fine academic institution in Knoxville, Tennessee for the story of one of its basketball signees who’s having a spot of trouble qualifying.
“I’m going to Brittain Academy in Charlotte,” Jones said, before discussing his reason for leaving Oak Ridge. “It was academic. … I talked to the coaches and we decided I should go somewhere I could get better grades. It’s not because of behavior or basketball-wise. I need to be able to better understand my work, and I can do that at Brittain Academy.”
The website for Brittain Academy touts a high school diploma program that allows those who register to graduate in 30 days or less. The program consists of one test, and those who fail can retest at no cost. The record time for completion of the program, according to the website, is 7 hours.
That sounds just like Choate. And if you’re wondering how UT feels about the young man’s choice, fear not. The Vols are down with it.
… Jones said that Tennessee is aware of his situation and supportive.
“I’ve been talking to them all week,” Jones said. “They told me it was a great choice because the way it was looking, it didn’t look good. But they said I’m making a good choice. … It just dawned on me. What am I playing basketball for if I’m not going to be cleared? I had to make a decision.”
SEC Dean’s List, here we come.