Category Archives: Recruiting

“I’d rather a kid have a scholarship than going to join a gang or sell drugs.”

I’ll say it again:  if you want the NCAA to put a stop to these ridiculous scholarship offers to elementary school kids, there’s no more effective way to do so than to make offers binding on a school immediately upon acceptance, whenever given.  Put an actual cost on meaningless gestures, and that stuff will dry up faster than you can say “number one class”.

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Head games

Here’s a dilemma that only college football could love.

Oregon football players used three helmets last season — green, black and white — that were mixed and matched with myriad uniform combinations.

The Ducks were pioneers in football fashion and other schools have followed, using helmets to make a statement. Now, the NCAA wants to determine whether style is coming at the expense of safety.

The governing body’s football oversight committee will meet this week in Indianapolis and is to begin studying whether multiple helmets could lead to more concussions and serious head and neck injuries…

“Style and who looks cool and who’s matching with all these different uniforms combinations each week on the helmets and the shoes, that is big-time concern when you talk about recruiting, marketing and buzz and aesthetics on game day and other times,” Anderson said. “But at the end of the day, if we’re not protecting these players at the highest degree then we’re faltering.”

Stylin’ for recruiting versus safety.  Tough call, NCAA.

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Life comes at you fast.

Sure, we were all a little outraged at the news that Hawaii offered a fifth-grader.  Now I see that Illinois has pitched a scholly at a 10-year old “youth football star”.  Damn, when’s this craziness going to stop?

Oh, wait.

At this rate, I figure we’re no more than two years away from Nick Saban hiring support staff to do genetic testing on fetuses still in the womb.

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It never was about getting top talent.

If you had to pick a school that generated the most players on a list of the NFL’s top 100, you’d pick Alabama, correct?

Well, you’d be half right.

… The NFL’s Top 100 Players of 2017 features 20 former SEC players, not including former TAMU stars Von Miller and Michael Bennett.

Alabama and Georgia not only led all SEC teams, but they led all of college football, too. Of course, Alabama won several championships with the following players included, and Georgia, well, didn’t. But that’s why Kirby Smart now roams the sidelines at Georgia to help change that.

This is why I have a hard time feeling sorrowful over Mark Richt’s departure.  Georgia never had a problem signing elite talent.  It had a problem maintaining roster depth.  As to that, we all know where the buck stopped.

Just like we know where it stops now.

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It won’t be a thing until Montana says so.

Interesting lede, to say the least…

As its coaches work to build a national brand, it’s no surprise to see the Georgia Bulldogs taking shots at landing top prospects from the West Coast.

Building a national brand?  Has anyone told Stewart Mandel?

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Today, in things I did not know

I have no idea what this means, but it sounds like fun.

The NCAA has rules against “camp blocking”?

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Put it in writing.

I’ll be curious to see if this has any legs.

What is being called the first-ever legally binding contract between a college prospect and his school will be unveiled Wednesday at the NBPA Top 100 Camp at the University of Virginia.

The College Athletic Protection Agreement would make negotiable such items as medical treatment/insurance beyond an athlete’s eligibility and an automatic release from a scholarship should a player want to transfer.

The agreement states that the protections and benefits secured by such a contract would be “worth over $100,000 beyond a minimum scholarships without breaking NCAA rules.”

“We think this will change things,” said Ramogi Huma, executive director of the National College Players Association. “This will be a good place to start. It opens Pandora’s Box.”

Huma’s nonprofit organization has advocated for players’ rights and is behind development of the contract. He says the NCPA has thoroughly vetted the document with legal and NCAA experts.

Assuming for the sake of argument the agreement is enforceable, the question becomes what coach would be willing to risk signing one.  There’s a lot to swallow, loss of control-wise.

  • A school could be bound to an all-encompassing transfer release for a prospect before enrollment. The document asks if an institution “agrees”  or “does not agree” “to comply with any request for transfer” and “to not restrict the ability” of a player to transfer to any other school.
  • A school could not “cancel, reduce or fail to renew financial aid … due to injury or athletic performance.”
  • A player could negotiate the cost of a remaining scholarship to complete a degree at some point in the future should he/she leave early for a professional draft.

Still, you’d have to think some five-star recruit might be worth it.

Nevius, a former NCAA associate director of enforcement, has been advising the NCPA on the viability of the contract.

“This has a chance to be successful if you find a coach or a school who is interested in bringing in a top prospect,” Nevius said. “… At that point, you might see some movement … Depending on stature of the athlete, it could have a big impact on its first use.”

Whether that would open the floodgates or not is hard to determine.  I thought Roquan Smith’s decision not to sign an NLI would have an impact, but that hasn’t turned out to be the case to date.

What might be most valuable about Huma’s agreement is the education it would provide to recruits and their families as to what the schools actually offer, even if the schools they’re looking at won’t sign one.

“I think the biggest impact of the document could be it educates athletes and families about benefits to them that are not uniformly provided,” said Tim Nevius, a former NCAA enforcement official. “The ultimate benefit could be education, even if no one utilizes the document.”

When you are prohibited from retaining a representative to help negotiate through the process, any honest help you can get ought to be a positive.  Maybe this turns out to be a case where doing it for the kids starts with the kids themselves.

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