I wonder if this paragraph in the latest attack on oversigning’s Crown Prince of Darkness (as an aside, should we believe that Saban is completely honest about his signing practices with the kids he recruits – and even if he is, should that matter?) signals that a new front is being opened in the debate.
… Going from a 4-5 star recruit at one of the premier schools on track to get a quality degree from a great school to a spot on a FCS roster and degree from a lesser school is a soft landing, provided he even makes it that far…sounds more like a shattered dream. To be fair this isn’t all on the oversigning coaches; bogus recruiting services that attempt to rank these kids are just as guilty of contributing to the rise and fall of some of these student-athletes.
That’s actually a step past the stupidity Jay Paterno was peddling the other day when he argued that oversigning was the result of college coaches chasing better recruiting rankings. Now we’re being told it’s the services that delude the kids by putting stars in their eyes and the coaches are bystanders. Color me unconvinced.
In any event, this may be the new meme and so is worth watching. Of course, what’s left unsaid by either Paterno or oversigning.com is the source of the recruiting services’ popularity. And that’s one thing I don’t think anyone can lay at the feet of Nick Saban.