Randy Edsall is a bit miffed with coaches like Les Miles running around tossing scholarship offers out to fourteen-year old prodigies. He thinks college football needs to do something about that, by damn. If it were up to him, football scholarships would not be extended to players until a recruit’s senior year of high school and that offer would only come from the university’s admissions department.
Edsall says his plan would still allow for the football staff to do the recruiting and make the sales pitches to determine to which players they want an offer to be extended. Going through the admissions department allows for a sort of extra layer of security to assure all parties involved the player will be able to attend the school without any hassles. In a sense, placing an emphasis on education is Edsall’s goal.
“Figure everything out academically first and then offer,” Edsall said. “Not the other way around. The model to me is broken.”
Uh hunh. More rules always fix everything.
Whenever this comes up, I keep saying the same thing: Andy Staples has the right idea. Make Les’ offers binding on the school, and we’ll see how quickly he keeps handing them out.