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Old 01-16-2012, 09:30 AM   #16 (permalink)
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What is the answer? An early signing period may help. The real problem is that a verbal commit means as much as an offer until the fax comes through. If the athlete can morally flip, the coaching staff has every right to flip as well.

The fact is that it is much easier to pull off if the athlete knows they will be competing for championships the minute they step on campus.
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Old 01-16-2012, 09:33 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Really? You think all schools do this. Of course LSU fans don't have a problem with this, your coach is probably worse than Saban.
Its pretty much a norm unless you plan on signing less than 25 and having less than 85 on scholarship.

There is no commitment and there is no signing until signing day. If a verbal commit is a commitment than why have signing day and a LOI?

Porter was a example of something that went wrong because LSU expected that Blue would not qualify. The whole NCAA is a farce but until they scrap the whole thing this is what you have to work with.

I see nothing wrong with a college pulling an offer or a commit changing their mind prior to signing day.

Over the next 2 weeks, Alabama if it continues will just have to decide which current verbals they will offer a greyshirt to as they are over the limit.

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You hate seeing this but it's a two way street and nobody does this worse than Saban.
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You hate seeing this but it's a two way street and nobody does this worse than Saban.
He had knee surgery and is not 100%? What's the big deal? He still wants to play for Bama, but why would a team in Alabama's position give up a scholly to a guy who may not even be able to play when they are having to turn players down. No story here.
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You hate seeing this but it's a two way street and nobody does this worse than Saban.
Maybe ut can pick him up if he had the right number.
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Old 01-16-2012, 11:16 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I think they should allow players to go ahead and sign the papers before national signing day. That would eliminate a lot of this and everybody would know where they stand.
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Old 01-16-2012, 12:04 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I think they should allow players to go ahead and sign the papers before national signing day. That would eliminate a lot of this and everybody would know where they stand.
This is a viable solution. The problem I would see with this is that attorneys would fill these contracts with clauses that would end up amounting to what we already have. Bottom line is that coaches will do what they have to do to win and fans are partially to blame.
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Are they allowed to find him a job? Wouldn't that be a violation?
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He has decommitted, didn't play his senior year, so he said he didn't want to miss 2 years of football. You can't blame Bama with a #1 recruiting class for offering a grayshirt in this case. Maybe he can go somewhere he can play next year.
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Nick Saban hits town to recruit top juniors at Atlanta high schools — and a gym
Michael Carvell | AJC | January 18, 2012

Nick Saban... and a companion, Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, did a whirlwind tour around the metro area to eyeball some of the state’s top prospects...

FOLLOW UP: We went by North Atlanta High School on Tuesday to follow up with our story on Justin Taylor. He’s the RB who committed to Alabama last February and was told last weekend by Saban that he can’t sign with the Crimson Tide until 2013. You can read more about it here and here. Saban told Taylor his enrollment was being delayed while he recovers from a knee injury while others speculate the real reason is because Alabama has too many commitments for this year’s class...

As usual, Taylor had on his favorite Alabama baseball cap. He remains committed to Alabama but is listening to other options. His football coach and legal guardian, former NFL running back Stanley Pritchett, said Ole Miss, Purdue and two prep schools — Fork Union and Hargrave – have expressed interest in Taylor.

On his current status: “I’m still committed to Alabama but I’m leaving my options open. Alabama is where I want to go. It’s my dream school. The only reason I’m looking at options is because I want to play football next year.”

On the report by an Alabama website that he de-committed from the Crimson Tide: “I saw that. That’s totally false. I never said that. I don’t know where that came from. It’s untrue. I’m still committed to Alabama.”

On recent communication with Alabama: “I talked to [assistant coach Chris Rumph] on Monday. It kind of hit him hard when he read everybody’s comments on the AJC below the story. I asked him questions like ‘Why didn’t he let me sign this year and then let me redshirt?’ Coach Rumph said ‘Because of the commitment list.’ I asked him some of the same things people were bringing up on the AJC. I asked him ‘Since I was the seventh commitment of this class, why can’t I be redshirted since I’ve been committed so long?’ [Rumph] didn’t have anything to say, to be honest. He was like ‘I don’t know but I will talk to the coaching staff.’ [Rumph] is supposed to come talk to me this week, probably Wednesday.”

On what it would take for him to switch to another school: “It would have to be an unbelievable situation. I would have to love the coaching staff just like I love Alabama’s coaching staff. I would have to like the school like I like Alabama. It’s not going to be easy for any school to compare. It’s not going to be easy.” » Article Link »
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