Brooks conditionally released from LOI (Update: Unconditional Release)

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Recruiting class has dropped to 19th on 247. What a difference a few months can make, remember when we had the #1 class in the nation.
This attrition is like the Butch classes. But I’d rather see it happen before they come in and screw up team chemistry.
 
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Regardless of how we spin it, this one stings a bit. Arguably our best commit at our most needed position.

CB7 and Gooch I'm ok with losing.
I'd rather see everyone who picked Tennessee because they were paid by Cornbread and his Staff just leave and as quickly as possible.
 
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The situation sucks for all involved. Brooks felt he was coming to a school that had coaches he believed in. I'm sure Brooks felt the Pruitt staff was his ticket to the NFL. Tennessee spent a lot of time, energy and (knowing Pruitt) probably a lot of money on the recruit. In the end, you have to look to those with great success and see how they approach similar issues. As pointed out in the article, the restrictions placed on Brooks are par for the course with SEC transfers, namely Saban's. The kids being recruited need to understand coaching changes are real and they affect many schools on an annual basis. It would be wise of players to be conscious of this when accepting an offer.
Imagine that.
 
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I get it that players commit to a coach and all that. But Pruitt was a terrible head coach. Our team actually regressed under him. I was more shocked that these 4 star players were willing to sign up for an underperforming coach. I personally think at least on paper we upgraded the head coaching position. When you throw in the improper benefits, it makes you wonder about all the ones leaving. I think if it is proven a student athlete took money, their eligibility should end right there.
 
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Letting all of these kids break commitments is not teaching them any kind of responsibility. The transfer portal is not a good thing in my opinion.
The NLI isn’t supposed to be how kids learn responsibility. And if we’re being totally honest, reexamining his options after we pulled the rug out from under him is pretty responsible.

Pulling a bait and switch and then holding him hostage is only teaching responsibility in the sense that going through something awful “builds character.”
 
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I'd rather see everyone who picked Tennessee because they were paid by Cornbread and his Staff just leave and as quickly as possible.
I understand your point and agree, however, I'd make an exception for one of the best edge rushers in the 21' class. At least take the $ out of the bag and just leave the quarter pounder in there as a last ditch effort.
 
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I loved my CEO. He was a great guy. He passed away unexpectedly and the new guy absolutely sucked. I found a better job.

Yeah, that's exactly how life works.
If you are going to compare them to "workers" then they should allow to unionize and get paid. I don't think that is a sound comparison in my opinion. We just need to do what everyone else does, if others SEC schools don't let a signee out of their commitment without conditions, then neither should we. If we don't get the benefit then we should not give the benefit. That was the same motto for the inter-conference transfer rule, so should be our position now.
 
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I get it that players commit to a coach and all that. But Pruitt was a terrible head coach. Our team actually digressed under him. I was more shocked that these 4 star players were willing to sign up for an underperforming coach. I personally think at least on paper we upgraded the head coaching position. When you throw in the improper benefits, it makes you wonder about all the ones leaving. I think if it is proven a student athlete took money, their eligibility should end right there.
Don't you mean regressed? Our team was guilty of many things last season but temporarily straying from the subject wasn't one of them.
 
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If you are going to compare them to "workers" then they should allow to unionize and get paid.
They should get paid.

I don't think that is a sound comparison in my opinion.
I didn't make the comparison; I responded to the one that made it. The point of the comparison was "is this the lesson we want kids to learn? That's they can just quit if their boss gets fired?" Well, yeah. Whether or not Brooks should be allowed out of his NLI (he should), there's nothing wrong with teaching the lesson that you don't have to put up with a crap situation.
 

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