Romance vs. being in the arena

Roquan Smith:  “People say choose the school because of the schools, but coaches shape the school.”

Mack Brown:  “Everybody says the young man goes to the school and not the coach, but that always doesn’t happen…”

The NCAA to both:  STFU.


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15 responses to “Romance vs. being in the arena

  1. Huntindawg

    Roquan implied that if he didn’t sign an LOI he could transfer at will every year with no impact on his eligibility and without sitting out a year. You said no yesterday.

    What keeps him from transferring after he enrolled if he doesn’t sign the LOI? Is it an NCAA rule that an athlete on a scholarship has to sit out a year upon transferring? What if he is not on scholarship like a walk on?

    Thanks. The GAS method of research is always the easiest. (Go ask someone).


    • Once a kid enrolls, the NCAA transfer rules govern, regardless of whether a NLI was signed.


      • JCDAWG83

        So, this whole “trend setter” thing is really overblown? I don’t get the big deal on the NLI if the transfer rules still apply. I guess the only difference is that Roquan could change his mind and switch schools up until the day he enrolls?


        • FarmerDawg

          Not signing the NLI means that these schools will have to play it straight with a recruit right up until he is enrolled for summer classes. Only a select few elite recruits will be able to use this tactic. If I recall correctly Terrel Pryer did not commit to oHIO sTATE until after signing day years ago he did sign a NLI, but his spot would have been there even if he had waited until summer and not signed the NLI.


          • JCDAWG83

            I guess my question is; other than the school not having a lock on the kid until he enrolls, is there any difference in the rules without a NLI? It doesn’t seem like there is.


      • MGW

        How much would a very smart kid, a Myron Rolle type, give up by coming to UGA on an academic scholarship instead of an athletic one, and just being a “walk on”? And would the transfer rules still apply?


  2. Scorpio Jones, III

    “From a practical standpoint, no player should ever choose a school based on an assistant. If that coach is good, he’ll get tons of job offers. If he’s bad, he’ll get fired. But most 16- and 17-year-old recruits don’t know that.”

    So a high school football player can’t tell the difference between a good coach and a bad coach?

    I don’t think that’s a problem, the problem is telling a good coach from a liar, deceiver, mean-mistreater.


  3. Scorpio Jones, III

    “Everybody says the young man goes to the school and not the coach, but that always doesn’t happen…” ah Mac…ah what is it that always does not happen…or happen…. Did Mac call plays? (Mac Brown, that is. 🙂 )


  4. Big Shock

    Senator- Does not signing the LOI prevent the schools from placing conditionals on an athlete’s release? It’s not an issue if an athlete comes to UGA since Richt always grants an unconditional release, but I know that’s not the case at most universities.