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Ban early scholarship offers? Good luck, NCAA

Posted on: July 12, 2010 12:02 pm

How can it be enforced?

That's the first question a coached asked me when a recent conversation turned to the fact that the NCAA is considering banning scholarship offers to recruits before July 1 in the summer between their junior and senior years in high school. Naturally, I just shrugged my shoulders, because the kind of scholarship offers the NCAA is trying to ban aren't binding anyway, and the end result of this rule would almost certainly turn into a lesson in semantics.

For instance ...

Coach: Son, we really like you and would love for you to play for us one day. As you know, I can't offer you a scholarship for another year because of an NCAA rule. But I can tell you that I'd love for you to enroll at my school when you graduate high school. Just know that there will be a spot for you.

Recruit: Coach, that's awesome news. I know you can't offer a scholarship now because of an NCAA rule, but I hear what you're saying. So I want you to know that when I graduate high school I'm going to play for you. I realize you haven't offered me a scholarship. But if you think I deserve one when I graduate, I trust that you'll give me one.

Now everybody knows what just happened there, right?

But did the coach violate the rule? Even if he did, could the NCAA ever prove it?

And that, ultimately, is the problem with the proposed rule.

It's not that it's a bad rule.

It's that it would be impossible to enforce.
Category: NCAAB

Since: Jun 29, 2010
Posted on: July 14, 2010 8:27 am

Ban early scholarship offers? Good luck, NCAA

The NCAA may be attempting to clean up on the slime that congeels around the summer basketball secene swimming pool, but there is one major problem, the NCAA has no authority over most of the slime.  AAU and agents, runners or wannabe runners are the biggest slime trail leaves and the NCAA has no way to control these festering sores.  So while saying don't recruit younger players may come from noble intentions it simply means that if coaches stay away there is more time for the scuz to collect around intended targets.

Since: Jul 7, 2010
Posted on: July 12, 2010 10:06 pm

Ban early scholarship offers? Good luck, NCAA

How about letting kids be kids. Why the rush? is it really necessary to start banging at their doors by the time they ar 13 or 14 years old and throwing around offers. Have you seen the way middle school kids go to their "Sweet Heart dances nowadays? In tuxes and limo's! Stupid! They have nothing to look forward too because they have done everything by the time they are freshmen. I have coached/taught at the high school level for 27 years so I have a little knowledge in watching kids grow up. They are not ready to handle all of the praises and pressures. Most become egotistical, and im all that by 15. Of course, I could be wrong. Just look at Lebron.

Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: July 12, 2010 5:16 pm

Ban early scholarship offers? Good luck, NCAA

No matter what rules they pass, a player can commit anytime he wants to. He doesn't have to have an offer. The NCAA has no say-so over what some high school kid says.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: July 12, 2010 5:00 pm

Ban early scholarship offers? Good luck, NCAA

Yes, there will be evasions, circumlocutions, and evasions.  But where there are regulations, there are consequences; and where there are people involved, there will be leaks.  So if the NCAA is willing to follow-up on violations with harsh penalties, this will have a usefully curbing effect on current egregious practices (and youngsters can focus just a touch more on school at those early ages).

That said, big-time college athletics remains a slavocracy, with universities reaping scores of millions annually from the unpaid labor of mostly poor (and mostly black) talent.  At the same time, the fundamental rationale for universities--educating the populace--remains corrupted and distorted by the culture's sports-mania.  The whole panoply of boosters, sponsors, media, etc. is a stew of corruption that these regulations are, by design, serve only to obfuscate.

Since: Apr 8, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2010 2:46 pm

Ban early scholarship offers? Good luck, NCAA

If nothing else, it will give kids time to make their decisions properly. Look at the kids who "commit" in 8th or 9th grade. Most of them end up re-opening their recruitment later on. This will prevent them from closing doors on themselves at age 14, when they probably don't know any better.

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: July 12, 2010 2:43 pm

Ban early scholarship offers? Good luck, NCAA

EXACTLY.  This is impossible to police and overall will be waste of time.  NCAA please go on to something useful.

Since: Apr 14, 2008
Posted on: July 12, 2010 2:35 pm

Ban early scholarship offers? Good luck, NCAA

From a legal standpoint (which is all that matters), the school in Parrish's example didn't offer a scholarship to the recruit  And yes, it absolutely does matter what the coach says in that situation.

That's the whole point of this, it won't stop anything that is already happening from happening when this new rule is in effect.  Coaches will use different words to communicate the same idea without putting a scholarship offer in front of a recruit.  It's really not that big of a problem.  There are a handfull of schools doing this.

The NCAA sticking their nose in this is a complete waste of time.

Since: Nov 30, 2006
Posted on: July 12, 2010 2:15 pm

Ban early scholarship offers? Good luck, NCAA

I don't think enforcement would be as difficult as you think.  Do you really think a 14 year old could keep a secret for more than a couple of days?  It doesn't matter what the coach said, it's what the recruit perceived to be said. 

In your example it is pretty obvious that the scholarship was offered & that the recruit understood.  How long would it be before the recuit tweeted about it or put in on facebook or told a friend who did so?  Two, three weeks tops.  Then it turns into a word vs word & the NCAA should side with the recruit because if the player thought he/she was offered, then they were.

To get around it coaches will have to say "your a really good player.  I'll talk to you again in a year (few months, etc.)".  There will be no mention of a scholarship offer or a future scholarship offer just in case there is a misunderstanging that could hang the coach out to dry with the NCAA.

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