Don't have any inside scoop on the investigation but you can bet opposing coaches are using it. Recruiting is a cut-throat business. Hyp and company seem to be doing a good job of negating it as I am not aware of any recruits we have lost due to that reason but again no specific knowledge on that.
Yep. Until the NCAA and the school reach a final conclusion on it, it will be an issue if for no other reason than other schools can continue to put it out there. I think part of the NCAA process is to allow these things to linger so as to inflict some level of pain on the school, especially if they are not going to be able to really put any penalties in place.
NCAA is too busy trying to stay relevant right now to do much investigating. They’re on life support as an organization and people really believe they will hand down a significant penalty to an SEC school?
NCAA can come down on a singer and deny him the opportunity to sing the national anthem in only a couple of days but takes years to rule on a nothing burger now with NIL. Yeah, they are still so relevant.
When you play some computer games, like first person shooters or PvP MMOs, world of tanks, stuff like that...some times, you get stuck and just need to cower. You're down to like 10% health, bleeding slowly out, there's no more good you can really do, you'd just like to survive a while longer.
That's the NCAA today. And as far into the future as any of us can predict. They're beaten, bleeding, perilously near the chasm of death, and cowering.
The high school players being recruited into colleges may not ponder the NCAA's condition. They may not have thought any of this through. But they play computer games. They instinctively know that feeling. They know it in other people when they see it. And so I think they realize, even if only subconsciously, that the NCAA is not a real concern at this point. Not for Tennessee or anyone else.
So sure, our rivals are probably trying to use the open-ended nature of the investigation against us. But I don't think it will resonate very much.