Joshua wants to know something.
Sure wish Chip Towers could ask the South Carolina coaching staff if their bonuses are based on recruiting rankings on the Rivals and Scout sites and whether or not those bonuses are prorated to account for the signing of a fake letter of intent.
Don’t laugh. Bruce Feldman says that’s a reality these days.
… For these reasons, some schools now give their coaches bonuses based on their recruiting rankings. And because of that it’s no surprise that some coaches privately lobby some online recruiting services who generate the star-system, defining how each recruit is graded.
Gee, now there’s a shock.
Feldman doesn’t name any coaches with such a provision in their contracts. I’m a little surprised no one’s made the effort to do some digging on this. Bottom line: if there are any SEC schools dumb enough to reward their coaches on such a basis, the conference ought to put an end to it. Not because it gives schools a competitive advantage (if anything, overranking players would seem to do the opposite over time) but because it incentivizes maximizing the size of recruiting classes for no productive reason.