Chip Towers has more on the South Carolina recruiting snafu story he’s been diligently following. I thought the Wall Street Journal story made Spurrier look bad, but what Towers puts out makes the OBC look even worse.
Josh Kendall, who covers South Carolina football for The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C., reported in a story that was published on Wednesday that Montgomery’s coach at South Lake High, has declared that the Gamecocks’ coaches are “no longer welcome” at the school.
“I cannot look a kid and their parent in the face and say you can trust what a University of South Carolina coach says,” South Lake coach Walter Banks told Kendall.
… I’ll summarize some of the high points:
- Coach Steve Spurrier makes his most direct statements to date on these two players specifically and admits that he and his staff probably didn’t handle the situation as well as they should have. “Walter had a tough time of it and, maybe if I was a high school coach, I would have a tough time with it, too,” he said of the South Lake coach.
- Kendall’s story corroborates my reports that the players were not informed they would not be allowed to sign with the Gamecocks until Feb. 1, the day before national signing day. That’s what I was told by Mauldin and Maynard Jackson coach Eric Williams. “Our mistake was maybe not alerting these two young men,” Spurrier told The State. “I think on [Feb. 1] we alerted both of them, talked to them and said ‘Hey, I’m sorry. This is where we are. We got all these other commitments.’ We didn’t like doing this.”
- Spurrier also reveals that he sent both players a letter of apology and that “we are still looking at them as if they had signed.” In fact, he said the Gamecocks still intend to bring them in. He says that if four of South Carolina’s current signees fail to qualify, Montgomery will be allowed to enroll. Mauldin, the story indicates, would be next in line.
In the legal profession, that smells an awful lot like what we refer to as an admission of guilt. And it’s bullshit if Spurrier is attempting to imply that he and his staff woke up on February 1st and suddenly discovered in a panic that they had a big numbers problem. No head coach at a major football program is that inept. Not only that, it contradicts the story told to Chris Low that Mauldin was kept informed throughout the recruiting period that his chances were shaky. A more direct person would call that story a lie.
So, yeah, if I were a high school football coach, I’d have a tough time with it, too, hoss.
This is a story to watch as the numbers in this Gamecock class start to sort out. It’ll be interesting to see what Montgomery and Mauldin eventually decide to do. And how Spurrier will try to spin it all.