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USC’s Spurrier Thinks Committed Prospects Should Remain Fair Game

gfx - they said itIt 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?



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.


I'm no football coach (obviously), but it would seem to me that keeping in touch with a football recruit would be a good idea in case that recruit's situation does change.  I think actively recruiting a player as if they have not committed to a school is a bit much, if that player has already committed to a school.  But to call them up or text them every once in a while to say, "Hey, if anything changes, we still want you here on our team" seems to be fair treatment to me.  


I would be seriously disappointed if that did not happen. Come on Steve, lets get the game on!

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