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If this was a possibility and the coaches were aware of this possibility then they should have at least broached the subject with Fitts instead of dropping the news on him out of the blue. You don't wait til the kid is 48 hours away from starting classes before you drop this on him. The right thing to do would have been to talk to Fitts at least a month ago about this being a possibility and see what the kid thought of it. Or you tell McQuay that you have to honor Fitts committing earlier and that he would have to wait. Is it really too much to ask of USC coaches to be up front with Fitts and not blind side him?
Karma by definition: Good old Lane boasting that he started recruiting Redd 3 months before sanctions and said it was "easy", bragging that he will recruit more kids from PSU with Redd's help next year, ends up losing more games than PSU, ends up ranked lower than PSU, and ended the season getting his picture taken with a big sombrero on his head while five stud recruits are telling him to piss off.
This is ridiculous and there is no excuse. One kid stepped up to the plate and COMMITTED to the coach, program and university. The other DID NOT, whether or not he was a "silent" verbal. Why should the one that committed be the one to have to wait? The only two possibilities are they wanted the other kid more or they believed he was the least likely to flip after getting screwed.
“We need to keep this (expletive) together,” Mauti and Zordich to Hill
This seems unlikely. They had 12 redshirt seniors and 9 true seniors on the team. The AD said at commencement in May that 107 of USC's 108 seniors would graduate by this fall. That would mean a significant number failed to graduate to open up 5 EE spots.
This post was edited by helpdesk 18 months ago
I think USC had 13 scholarship seniors (true or RS). Early estimates were that 7 EEs could be taken and stay at 75 scholarships. That means some of those seniors were expected to be gone in December/January and some were expected to finish up their degrees in the Spring.
Something happened awhile back (I don't know what) and the EE number was reduced to 6. Then it just got reduced again to 5. As I said, my understanding that the recent reduction is the result of a senior not graduating when expected is from message boards, but it doesn’t seem like a wholly unreasonable possibility.
As for the AD noting in May that 107 of 108 seniors would graduate by fall, maybe only 106 did. Who knows? But an estimate in May could be wrong by December.
Again, as I said, if I were Fitts, I wouldn’t be happy. But his scholarship wasn’t pulled and he can sign if February if he wants. It’s not an ideal situation, but it also isn’t over-signing and then screwing the kid on or after LOI day.
What would happen if we had the 65 scholarship limit restriction in place this year and Mike Zordich came to O'Brien and said "Coach, it turns out that I'm not graduating and I need one more semester to get my degree, so I'm going to need that scholarship after all" After all he's done, does O'Brien say "Sorry, can't help" or does he ask one of the early enrollees to wait until summer to enroll?
We could very easily be in that situation in a couple of years so I wouldn't be so quick to throw USC under the bus.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by UncleLar 18 months ago
I suspect that BOB would honor the commitment of the kid that committed first.
See, here's my problem. If this was actually the situation (senior wasn't able to graduate in the fall), then USC would have known about this back in December. They then could have told McQuay either 1) stop trying to graduate early, we don't have space for you until June, or 2) if you have to be an EE, then we have to stop recruiting you.
Instead, they waited until several days into January to accept his commitment, then tell Fitts a week before classes start that he can't enroll early.
As people can see, the story about a senior not graduating makes zero sense because McQuay's verbal commitment (and subsequently, USC turning Fitts out) came several weeks after fall graduations.
+1. This has NOTHING to do with sanctions and limited scholarships. This could happen whether it's for the 75th spot, 85th spot or 65th spot if the staff doesn't have it's you-know-what together.
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