Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Vitale makes outrageous comments about restricting recruits while coaches fly away to millions

Dick Vitale is loud and obnoxious, but this time he was serious when he claimed that players should not be allowed to "follow" a coach if there is a coaching change before they arrive on campus.

This is BULLCRAP! The coaches are leaving the universities just like that because someone offers 2 million instead of 1 million, yet the players, according to Vitale, should not be free to follow the coach.

Well, here is a newsflash. When it comes to committing to colleges, with collegiate sports, it is more like graduate school. In Graduate School, students want to do research under a certain professor, that's why they pick a certain graduate school. Similarly, a basketball student-athlete is like a graduate student in terms of basketball, they are "learning" and doing "R&D" under the coach.

If the coach leaves, their "R&D" is not what they signed up for. They signed up to do "R&D" with the said coach. If anyone is to be held accountable, it is the coach for leaving.

Of course no one is going to do that, because coaches (and colleges) make the rules and everyone gives coaches the golden glove treatment.

So who is left to screw? Why, who else, the student-athletes!

Dick Vitale, you are an IDIOT!

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

How do you get two big centers to commit together?

If you have been watching Louisville play in the Big East, you would ask yourself, "how did Rick Pitino manage to get two top freshmen centers"? You would be asking of course about Samardo Samuels and Terrence Jennings. Both have their specialties and skills set but they are both very very promising collegiate players. So how do you manage to convince both of them to commit together in the same recruiting class?

One way to do this is if you are Rick Pitino. Not necessarily because you are Rick Pitino, but because you point them to the scoreboard. About ten years ago, there was a certain Pitino era at Kentucky who won 2.5 national championships. And during that era one would find two very good centers in the team, Nazr Mohamed and Jamal Magloire. They may have played split the position when they played, but they certainly did not split their big NBA paychecks later on.

So Pitino (or other coaches) can sell the Nazr/Magloire potential to their prospective recruits.

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