I tell you what – it’s been a long time since I’ve read anything that reeks of as much hypocrisy as this Matt Hayes article about Matthew Thomas, the kid who wants out of his LOI with FSU.
I really do feel for Jimbo Fisher, who’s in a tough spot entirely not of his own making. On the one hand, does he really want a disgruntled soul like Thomas hanging around his program? It’s hard to see right now how he makes a positive contribution in Tallahassee this season.
But on the other, Fisher’s peers are closing ranks, and just in the way you might expect.
… Here’s something else Fisher has become: the test case for his coaching fraternity.
“I told him, if he lets (Thomas) go free, precedent is set and everything changes,” said one BCS coach.
… I’ve spoken to three different BCS coaches who have reached out to Fisher and advised him to play it strictly by the book. In other words, if Thomas wants to leave, he can leave—but not without paying the NCAA penalty of sitting out a season of eligibility.
Tough guys. I wonder if one of the coaches who “reached out” to Fisher was Todd Graham. Now there’s somebody who’s paid the price for serially jumping ship.
It’s not the attitude that a confused 18-year old should be held to a higher standard for doing the same thing that a grown-ass man who has access to legal representation does that gets me. It’s that these selfish bastards expect us to share their attitude about it. But at least they got Hayes to cheerlead for them.