No, this ain’t about which members of the 2014 recruiting class are headed to Athens. You should know me better than that by now. It’s just three random stories I thought I’d share:
- At ESPN RecruitingNation, Jeremy Crabtree has a good story about how the new NCAA academic requirements are affecting JUCOs. He actually describes a thoughtful NCAA process behind the new rules – unlikely, I know – and while that’s commendable, I have this feeling that the JUCOs are going to game some of that with good old-fashioned grade inflation. It will be interesting to see how much impact these rules have on D-1 schools that have come to rely on talent injections from the junior college rankings.
- The AJ-C‘s Michael Carvell asks the SEC for an interview about its reaction to the Butch Jones loophole story and gets a statement instead. The statement is about as empty as you’d expect at this point, since Jones hasn’t actually done anything yet. Will this become next year’s big story at the SEC spring meetings? Stay tuned for signing day and we’ll see.
- By all accounts, Virginia’s run under Mike London has underwhelmed, to say the least, culminating in a terrible 2-9 2013 season. He’s coming back for what I consider to be one of the weakest reasons to keep a head coach, to save a good recruiting class. (Virginia right now is the only team with commitments from two of the top twelve recruits in the country.) But that’s not what I find interesting. This is: “But several programs, most notably Alabama and Ohio State, have continued to recruit Blanding and Brown in recent months, trying to convince the two prospects that London could be gone next season, according to two people involved in the Tidewater recruiting scene who have spoken to college assistant coaches still pursuing Blanding and Brown. They were granted anonymity in order to speak freely.” I am shocked, shocked to hear that Saban and Corch practice negative recruiting tactics. And here I thought Alabama and Ohio State were such good programs that they sold themselves.