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He was supposed to enroll early, literally in two days and then start classes on Monday.
The scuttlebut around boards is that Kiffen asked Fitts to wait until June to enroll because the coaching staff got the math wrong on how many early enrollees they could take ... Apparently a senior was supposed to graduate in December and didn't, leaving them short one scholarship for January, and they asked Fitts to bite the bullet. If true, it's in the same vein as when Kiffen reneged on a scholarship for a walk-on to give it to Silas Redd. It's a miracle he has any clout with recruits at this point.
This now makes 5 big-time recruits to decommit from USC.
This quote doesn't exactly apply to the topic but it made me think of it and reminds me of redd when this office episode comes on.
"Look, I'm all about loyalty. In fact, I feel like part of what I'm being paid for here is my loyalty. But if there were somewhere else that valued loyalty more highly, I'm going wherever they value loyalty the most."
I love to pile on Lane but what was he supposed to do? Rip the schollie away from the senior who didn't graduate? Situations change and USC has their own scholarship problems and this kid probably was jerked around a bit and if I were him I'd decommit even if I was still planning to go to USC just to piss them off and make them sweat. But Kiffen was in lose/lose situation.
It'd be one thing if this were an isolated incident, but Lane has a track record of saying one thing and doing another. He doesn't care about the rules or the kids.
Edit - a good start would probably be not to count on kids leaving in December when figuring out EE caps. What's the old saying - don't count your chickens before they hatch.
This post was edited by Itsmelen 18 months ago
I don't think that's how it went down. My understanding is that a more highly rated recruit committed during the UA game (5 DAYS AGO) and that is why USC was over the limit. (After all, if it was because of a kid not graduating in December, he would have known more than a day before he was set to move into his dorm. So, the right answer is don't accept the new kid's commitment and honor your commitment to the original kid.
This post was edited by psujmc1992 18 months ago
“We need to keep this (expletive) together,” Mauti and Zordich to Hill
Haden told Kiffen to sign a 25-man class and screw the NCAA, so there was room for this kid in the class
he is the type of scumbag coach that I am so glad BOB isn't... he is the worst and I don't understand how any parent could send their kid to him. Seriously...
WE ARE! And we will always be...
So USC fans are saying that the only way McQuay could come to USC is if he enrolled early, which to me makes no sense. Your EE slots were already filled, so you take another kids slot that you promised to him just to get McQuay. I'd say if McQuay really wanted to go to USC then make him enroll in the fall and honor your commitment to Fitts. I guess that would just make too much sense
This post was edited by NittanyChuck15 18 months ago
If Im this kid, I dont even consider playing for that scumbag... But he is still trying to go to USC... I don't get it...
I think the kid should return the favor. Tell Kiffin he's decided to enroll in fall and will sign USC LOI in February. Then sign LOI for another school late in the day on LOI day.
This post was edited by psumichael 18 months ago
How about...stop recruiting EE's and tell kids they are full at EE, instead of taking one more and telling another one he can't enroll anymore (one week before classes begin).
The only way they could make sure he signed like LOI was to have him enroll early. They forgot the qualifier.
I'm sure we'd all get a kick out of that, but do you really think some teenager should gamble away his future just for a chance to spite some coach who did him wrong?
How is he gambling away his future. 11 Pac 12 coaches would be willing to play along on this one.
Well if that's the way it went down it's a scumbag move...
Yeah, until he changes his mind at the last second and decides to stay with USC, burning bridges with those coaches, and then finding out that Kiffen was wise to his ruse, leaving him standing there on signing day with his dick in his hand with no dance partner.
Say what? If I were him USC would be out of the running. My somewhat tounge-in-cheek thought was for him to pretend USC was still his choice while deciding where he's actually going to go (he's highly rated). Then on signing day alert Kiffin that you had "a change of heart" and signed w/ another program. Normally I'm not spiteful. However, I'll make an exception for Lane.
Easy for you to say while sitting at your keyboard. Things are different for these kids who are trying to plan their future.
I doubt Lane Kiffen can do math at all.
Yeah, if you want to believe that spin.
USC has been walking on a fine line with Kiffin and I am not giving him the benefit of the doubt on this one. If you can do that, kudos to you.
"Whoever’s trying to kill me isn’t getting the job done. But one day, I’m going to punch that f___r in the face."
....... Annnnndd Lame Kiffin strikes again..!!
What a dumb post. Things are different for the recruit than a message board poster writing something half in jest? I had no idea.
Imagine a scenario where BOB and staff continue to recruit Cumberlander or Parks and gets a commit from one of them last week. Then has to tell AB that he has to wait to enroll. It would be unfair to AB and we would be outraged. Of course this wouldn't happen with BOB because once we hit our limit of EEs we stopped recruiting EEs. I know the USC kid we are talking about is rated higher but the principles remain the same.
The kid that was screwed is a 4-star DE, rated a 94!
Maybe he just saw Kiffin coach.
My understanding (and it's all based on message board info, so take it FWIW) is that McQuay had been counted as an EE because he was known to be an EE and was also known to be an SC lean (maybe even a silent, IDK), then when a senior didn’t graduate in December as expected, the math changed leaving one to many EEs.
It’s unfortunate for Fitts. He graduated early and was ready to enroll. I’d be pissed if I were him. But SC was his dream school, he still has an offer and is still being recruited to go there. Depending on how betrayed he feels, and what sort of advice/influence he gets from those around him, he may after reflection realize that SC is still is dream school and sign a LOI in February. If not, he’ll end up at another good school. I’ve heard nothing but good things about him as a person. Either way, best of luck to him.
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