Naturally, the pundit class has latched on to the former Georgia defensive coordinator’s good fortune as a tale for our time. Hypocrisy seems to be a common theme, but nobody out there is saying Tucker’s stupid for taking the money and running.
There are a few points I can’t help but latch on to for comment, though. Take this thought from Andy Staples ($$):
Lesson 4: Don’t bash players looking to transfer when you’ve always looked for other jobs.
Tucker should have known this already, but hopefully this episode has taught him that he lives in the largest glass house in that particular neighborhood. (And he can afford to put a big ol’ addition on that glass house with his new paychecks.) Tucker secured the bag, and that’s great. We all should hope to do the same. But don’t begrudge someone else the opportunity to look elsewhere for a better opportunity when you’ve made a career out of it.
A little more self-awareness might help Tucker in his new job. If I’m Ohio State’s Ryan Day, Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh or Penn State’s James Franklin, I’m pointing out Tucker’s recent about-face to every recruit who is considering my school and Michigan State. Tucker is going to have to work even harder to build trust now, and owning his previous terrible takes would be a great way to start.
Maybe, but if I’m a coach on the recruiting trail, I might be a little hesitant to knock what Tucker did because who’s to say I won’t be the next guy on the receiving end of an offer I can’t refuse?
What’s more likely, were I a coach, is that I wouldn’t be stupid enough to say something like ‘There’s no transfer portal in the real world …’ .