It’s an innocent question.

Bless this man.

South Carolina head basketball coach Frank Martin opened a press conference this week with his own question.

“Just curious,” he said. “Why does anyone follow football recruiting? There’s got to be a better life than following committing and decommitting.”

When somebody who recruits for a living thinks it’s over the top, it’s over the top.

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18 responses to “It’s an innocent question.

  1. It’s the male version of a soap opera / reality TV show. I follow the commitments, but every tweet and article on the pay sites? No thanks.

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  2. The Nelson Puppet

    To me, these kids aren’t worth a s— until they’ve shown up for school, made it through August practices, and the coaches are willing to let them wear the red, black, and silver.

    Anyone who follows these ridiculous dog-and-pony shows where a kid brings several baseball caps to his “announcement” and makes asinine statements like, “I’ll be taking my talents to…Georgia” ought to be ashamed of themselves.

    The kids who pull that stuff deserve a “Junction Boys” experience.

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  3. PTC DAWG

    The Man has a point…

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  4. W Cobb Dawg

    In the words of George Mallory, “Because it’s there.”

    “People ask me, ‘What is the use of climbing Mount Everest?’ and my answer must at once be, ‘It is of no use.’There is not the slightest prospect of any gain whatsoever. We shall not bring back a single bit of gold or silver, not a gem, nor any coal or iron… If you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won’t see why we go. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to live. That is what life means and what life is for.”

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  5. The Nelson Puppet

    “People ask me, ‘What is the use of worshiping a bunch of entitled 18-year olds?’ and my answer must at once be, ‘It is of no use.’There is not the slightest prospect of any gain whatsoever. We shall not bring back a single win or conference championship or national championship… If you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of jock-sniffing and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won’t see why we go to Butts-Mehre on signing day. We do not obsess about recruiting to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to obsess about recruiting. That is what life means and what life is for.”

    FIFY.

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  6. Dawg19

    Why does anyone follow South Carolina basketball?

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  7. Cpark58

    My guess it would be the same reason grown men divert money away from their families to donate thousands of dollars for the right to pay additional thousands of dollars for tickets EVERY YEAR to watch the same 18-21 year old kids play a game. A game that a television subscription would provide with greater comfort but without the added expense of actually traveling to and from the venue. Not judging because I am one of the guilty.

    I doubt any coach, who makes a good living of that emotional and financial devotion, would REALLY want anyone to examine the questions “why?” Or “what’s the point?”

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      Agree. Why would a coach, or blog writer for that matter, who have devoted far more of their time and lives to college sports than most folks, point the finger at others. Is their obsession over other aspect of sports more worthy somehow?

      Having said that, I admit to enjoying the recruiting process. But I’m not obsessed with it. It’s one aspect of a game I enjoy from many perspectives. If a kid wants his 15 minutes of fame by picking through a few hats, who the hell are fans, or bloggers, or coaches, to judge him?

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  8. dawgfan

    Why does Frank Martin get paid $2.5 million per year to coach 12 basketball players at a public university?

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  9. DawgPhan

    recruiting is clearly very important part of fielding a championship football team.

    NSD is a lot of fun to watch while at work on a regular boring wednesday in feb.

    beyond that, I can’t get into it.

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  10. Chopdawg

    Agree with Martin. Recruiting seems to me like a fantasy sport; we’re #3 in the nation, I keep reading. Maybe we’ll make the recruiting playoffs.

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    • The Nelson Puppet

      According to the Senator, we’ve won the recruiting National Championship! I’m sure the trophy will be prominently displayed in Wal-Marts throughout Georgia.

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