Justin Taylor wasn’t the only kid who got bad news from Alabama yesterday. Darius Philon, who verbally committed to the Tide last September and wore a UA hat to his Signing Day ceremony, was told at the last minute that the only way he could count on going to Tuscaloosa would be as a grayshirt.
That’s tough, but at least Philon still had other options (he later signed with Arkansas). But there’s a truly sorry part to this story and that involves Philon’s high school coach. Read this (h/t Jaybird) and shake your head:
… His coach, Kerry Stevenson, who should have been outraged over one of his players being jerked around like that, instead said he wasn’t sure when the offer was pulled and blamed the SEC’s new rule for putting UA in “a bind.”
Now that’s supporting your player.
You wonder how coaches like Saban are able to continue to sell their programs to recruits despite the negative publicity which accompanies aggressive roster management? A high school coach offended by Saban’s inconvenience – there’s one answer for you.