I don't think anyone's going to get Nick Saban to back off a 5 star recruit just because he's a soft verbal to Auburn.
It was little more than a year ago when then-Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema complained of Urban Meyer — who’d moved from Florida to Ohio State — bringing his SEC recruiting tactics to the Big Ten. In Jim Delany’s league, there had been a gentlemen’s agreement that kept Big Ten coaches from recruiting players who’d already committed to other Big Ten programs. Meyer violated that unwritten rule and Bielema responded by saying this:
“We at the Big Ten don’t want to be like the SEC — in any way, shape or form.”
Bielema spent one more year in Madison before moving to Arkansas this past offseason.
Well, Michael Carvell of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution caught up with South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier and asked him if he thought should be such a gentlemen’s agreement in college football. According to Carvell, “that got a good laugh from the Ol’ Ball Coach” who then said:
“No, because the situation could change for a young man. Then all of a sudden, maybe (the college where he’s committed) is maybe not the best place for him — whereas six months ago, it looked like the best place for him…
Sometimes things change from when a kid commits in the summer and by the end of his senior season. Sometimes the coach may get fired, or whatever. Something may happen — this, that or the other. Maybe a kid gets a better offer. It’s going to happen when you commit six months before signing day.”
Anyone else think that Spurrier — a man high-skilled in the art of needling — will poke a little fun at Bielema’s pas Big Ten/SEC comment during the SEC’s spring meetings in Destin?