“Recruiting moral high ground” is an oxymoron.

I don’t follow Wisconsin recruiting, of course, so it’s interesting to see what utter nonsense the program’s decision to revoke its offer to Ben Bryant is, based on its recent track record.

Yes, the contact, offer and tweet could have been contributing factors, but if those were the reasons, the Badgers are hypocrites. A player being committed to another school hasn’t stopped Wisconsin from going after them, most recently offering defensive tackle Apu Ika (Salt Lake City), who has been committed to BYU since last summer. And the tweet thing? Doesn’t hold water, either. Safety Reggie Pearson (River Rouge, Mich.) committed to the Badgers in August 2016, and a week later tweeted an offer he received from Arkansas. He remains a member of Wisconsin’s Class of 2018.

The author goes on to surmise that the real impetus behind the revocation was that Bryant no longer fit into Wisconsin’s plans, a conclusion that doesn’t require a huge leap in logic to make, and then adds this observation:

No matter what, this is an unfortunate black eye for Wisconsin. Pulling a scholarship is a rarity for the Badgers. The program, especially under former coach Bret Bielema and current coach Paul Chryst, has carried itself as being somehow morally superior when it comes to recruiting. Bielema once famously called out Ohio State coach Urban Meyer for “illegal” recruiting tactics, and saying, “We at the Big Ten don’t want to be like the SEC in any way, shape or form.” Bielema was in the SEC less than a year later, but his point stands. Wisconsin has recruited the right way.

This latest move, though, suggests the Badgers may not be holding that moral high ground any longer.

A message that will no doubt be reinforced on the recruiting trail.

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10 responses to ““Recruiting moral high ground” is an oxymoron.

  1. That moral high ground bullshit sure smells familiar.

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    • Jack Klompus

      Man, that’s exactly what I thought. At least the kid has the chance to go from one moral high ground to another.

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  2. Greg

    HA!!… don’t know if this has been talked about, but Vegas has 22/1 odds for the dawgs (below). Looks like Vegas and Bovada are pretty close in agreement, Notre Dame is not too far behind in odds. Looks like the heat will be on for Kirby, I hope he responds……..I look for the Notre Dame game to be our first loss, too tough of a place to play.

    http://www.vegasinsider.com/college-football/odds/futures/

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  3. Greg

    OOPS!….meant for the Notre Dame post “Something old, something new”

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  4. More reason for players to take their time an do whatever is in their own best interests when it comes to recruiting.

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  5. Sherlock

    The really sad part about this is that if they just told the kid the truth, the
    headline for the original article would have been: “Former Wisconsin QB Commit Re-opens His Recruiting After Being Informed By the Badget Coaching Staff That They Intend To Go In a Different Direction This Recruiting Cycle”. It would have only appear on Wisconsin focused sites and none of us would have known anything about it.

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  6. They pulled an Alabama with this kids.

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  7. Russ

    Well, when you bring out Bert as your moral compass, I really have nothing to add.

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