The Roquan Smith option

For all the hand wringing over one of college football’s more detestable traditions, assistant coaches leaving staffs almost before the ink has dried after signing day, and the associated insistence that something ought to be done about it, damn it, am I missing something, or do recruits (at least the highly sought after ones) not already have a weapon in their arsenal?

It’s great to talk about committing to a school rather than a coach, but I think Reagan’s advice — trust but verify — might prove more useful.  Waiting out the post-signing day staff shuffle is a productive way to do just that.

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13 responses to “The Roquan Smith option

  1. paul

    I have to admit I’m surprised that we don’t see large numbers of prized recruits declining to sign anywhere until after this shuffle has taken place. Clearly, the recruiters have done a good job of putting fear in their hearts that they may not get a scholarship at all if they wait to sign.

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    • Just Chuck (The Other One)

      And there is no systematic way for kids to receive the information that they could and probably should wait. Once a kid figures out he could have waited he’s already signed. If you get advice on signing from someone outside the family, maybe that’s interpreted as you talking to an “agent”. How many high school coaches are likely to advise any of their players to wait to sign when you can get a lot of attention with a signing day ceremony at your high school? The deck is clearly stacked.

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  2. Russ

    I agree, though I guess they could get squeezed out in a numbers crunch. I’d say this approach works only for the top 5% or so.

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    • Mayor

      It would be very dangerous. You refuse to sign, then your #1 choice university decides to give your scholarship to the next guy on their list.

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  3. Macallanlover

    I understand the reason for the concern, and agree something needs to be done, but the chaos of what you are proposing could significantly hurt the game. Last minute switches are frustrating enough in February but imagine if it spread to 5-10% of the top players waiting until June before you know?

    Why not work the other side and put severe financial penalties for any change in coaches after the NSD IF they go to another coaching job. You could scale it from HC down to position coaches. Feel you would still have to allow them to be fired for cause but just going to another coaching position should be fair to the athletes who have signed.

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    • Mac, those type of restrictions could only be put into the coaches’ contracts. A mandate like that by the NCAA would get a call from Jeffrey Kessler or the NLRB before the ink was even dry on the proposal.

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      • Macallanlover

        I understand that the contracts are between the schools and coaches but the NCAA can set/control the number of, and actions of, coaches so requiring a binding contract to protect the integrity of the coach/player relationship is a small step. I admit to being concerned about the easy in and out of contracts throughout our society so a tightly written contract is no easy fix but it is worth trying.

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    • Napoleon BonerFart

      Increased regulation is never the easy fix. Let the kids do what they want. Yes, maybe teams will have to leave a scholarship open for a 5 star kid in June. Not having a roster set in stone in February isn’t the end of the world.

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  4. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    Then there’s also the Ken Blankenship option where you overplay your hand and your bluff gets called.

    I think it is hard for HS kids to know how far to go and they really don’t have that mentality in HS – football has been part of their life, their family, their education. They know it’s a big deal, but they don’t think of it as a bargaining chip, and also don’t know their true worth and may be afraid to find out. All the recruiting folks say it is all about relationships; if that is true, it’s hard to make arms-length bargains.

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  5. DawgPhan

    or maybe kids have finally started making choices based on the schools and the environment there instead of the coaches, which is leading to less regrets when a coach leaves.

    I might not have been paying as much attention, but it doesnt seem like the high volume of post NSD moves that we have seen in the past.

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  6. DawgByte

    I understand Bernie Sanders is working with Elizabeth “Navajo” Warren to introduce legislation to deal with this problem.

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    • Macallanlover

      Just go ahead and count me as “all in” on anything those two snowflakes come up with, they have certainly earned my respect with their regressive thinking. And we certainly need “mo gubmint” setting more regulations in new areas of our lives. 🙂

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