Dear Football Mom,
What do you think of the new early signing day in December? We are more confused than ever, and I’m about over this college football recruiting stuff. The coaches that called our son and established a relationship with him have now, all been fired. Where does that leave our son? What a racket college football recruiting is!
Sorry, can’t help but chuckle a spell while reading your question. You purdy much nailed it. It can be a racket for sure. But, let’s not lose heart. It can also be some of the best times your son will experience.
Recruiting used to favor the programs and put players at the disadvantage. Coaches had the hammerlock on players, and heck-fire, that’s just the way recruiting business was done. Coaches had a lot more control, as if they needed any more leverage. Now, most of that leverage went poof.
You will rarely find me sticking up for any college coaches, but these new recruiting rules …. bless their hearts, I’m not too sure the coaches know which end is up. I certainly don’t, but let’s figure that maybe I do to a degree. Let’s look at it from the coach’s view.
Those rulings might call for desperate measures by the coaches, but they are experts at getting around things. Today though might be different. Some find the right beehive (high school or state), then poke their hands in the hive rooting for prime honey (premiere players), and are getting stung to smithereens. Poor guys. Truly, the December early signing day I believe, is now to the advantage of the players. There is always February 6, 2019. Y’all should be happy as a pig in sunshine. The choices for players just became bigger.
College coaches are the ones caught cattywampus, with little control over fielding their teams these days. They have to do the Watusi just to put together winning teams as much as possible. Their livelihoods depend on teenagers decisions as to what college he’ll sign with, and that can be downright degrading to a grown man. After all, college coaches everywhere scramble to put together teams that have at least a chance to bring home a conference title. It is getting harder and harder for coaches with the new rulings. The few teams who win most of the time, lap up most of the superior talent. What player doesn’t want to sign with winning teams?
Then too, some coaches don’t know if X-player will cut his college career short and shoot for the NFL or not. Now, I will say this—if they don’t know the plans of their potential NFL-ers, then that’s kinda on them. They should have relationships tight enough to know what their players intentions are by now. At least the position coaches should have a clue.
The other issues for coaches are the transfer deals. This is what I call, “the musical chair ruling” which also makes it harder on coaches. Players being allowed to leave once on board with a program and then able to transfer without the penalty of sitting out a year, all favors the players and their families. Who’s gonna stay, who’s gonna go to a different program next year. So much for loyality. Then, you’ve got the 85/25 rule. Coaches can only sign so many players per year for their programs. Then, on top of everything else, coaches can be fired in a flash, leaving the next crew to pick up the ball.
Yes, you are absolutely right, college football is a racket, a business, a risk for everyone. But, I tell you this, there is no other thrill like seeing your son take the field and kicking tooshie. Of course, his team winning—well that’s all the sweeter.