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Post Early signing day, transfers, and gatekeepers

Tuesday January 13, 2009

I can’t let it go just yet after reading a few items of news like this.

You might think of your outgoing transfers as head cases, malcontents, dead weight, or simply bad fits, but one thing they shouldn’t be is "chattel". If schools are going to put these kinds of restrictions on transfers, I’m even less inclined to be sympathetic when the programs complain about unsigned prospects changing their minds and requiring a bit of hand-holding during the recruiting homestretch.

It’s mine, you understand? Mine! All mine! Get back in there! Down, down, down! Go, go, go! Mine, mine, mine! Mwa-ha-ha-ha!

Consequences, schmonsequences, as long as I’m rich.

While we’re on the subject of chattel and recruiting, let’s come back to the story about South Carolina and Tucker High School. It’s always good to get a laugh at the expense of South Carolina and Spurrier, but I’m not really concerned about South Carolina’s blunder. Recruiting is about relationships, and they blew it. I’m more interested in the high school coach declaring his school off-limits for a specific college program.

It’s fine for Tucker’s coach to say that the Gamecocks are "no longer welcome" at the high school. It’s his decision who he welcomes into his office, and it’s a bridge burned. But it is most certainly not his place to dictate that "South Carolina will not be recruiting any more Tucker players."

It’s easy to accept and get behind since we’re talking about South Carolina, but a high school coach deciding who may not recruit a prospect seems about as meddlesome as the college coaches putting restrictions on transfers. Of course a prospect might and often does seek the counsel of a coach, and that’s the prospect’s choice, but a coach only does a disservice to his players by inserting himself as a gatekeeper before the fact. It’s not his call whether or not South Carolina recruits any more Tucker players.

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  • I’m sure if a player is being recruited by Conf. USA and Sun Belt schools, and USC comes calling, he will do his due diligence and give the player proper access if he so requests. He basically had to do this as a “standing up for his players” gesture.