Garbage Time Part Two: Todd Chimes In, Vulgarity Ensues

Brian responds, and he's still a dick:

Issue #2. Nick Saban has taken the concept of oversigning and stretched it unto its breaking point. This is a nasty, filthy practice only undertaken by a program that couldn't really give a crap about the idea of a mutual commitment between player and school.

I won't bother with Issue #1 since it's a personal beef between Cook and the recruiting services, and I couldn't care less about how or why he thinks Alabama shouldn't be considered the #1 recruiting class in the nation until the fall.  But Issue #2?  Fuck you.  He can blather on and on about OTS's "voodoo math" and moronic points since OTS called him out on his haircut (and in this very post I've already referred to him as a "dick") and therefor name calling is fair game, but this is where he's a gigantic ass that should shut his whore mouth:

The fucking point is that fucking Alabama is going to kick kids off the fucking team for no fucking reason. The point is not that violating the NCAA's made-up limit is evil. The NCAA limit is there because the NCAA would like you to not kick kids off the fucking team, but for various reasons the rule's pretty easy to skate around. The issue is not 32 > 25. The issue is that 70 + 32 > 85.

No fucking reason?  How about this fucking reason: mutual commitment is a two way street, asshole.  If you get a scholarship offer to play football, you damn well better produce or someone else is going to take your place.  Is that mean?  Maybe, but I don't see you bitching about kids on academic scholarships that lose theirs because they don't keep their grades up.  Produce and contribute, you'll be fine.  Screw around and don't live up to your end of the bargain, tough, deal with it.

Though all scholarships are technically one-year commitments, in practice players are guaranteed four years as long as they remain eligible and keep their noses clean. There is one legitimate way to remove a kid from your team without some sort of malfeasance on his part: fourth-year juniors are commonly not offered a fifth year unless they are contributors.

So by your own admission scholarship offers are (technically) one-year commitments, and that apparently it's okay to not offer a fifth year kid if they aren't contributors.  So why is it that you can't "not offer" an underclassmen another year if he isn't a contributor to the team?  Again, mutual commitment is a two street (asshole), you're just trying to figure out a way to say cutting a player that can't even manage to get on the three deep is "illegitimate."  And what about the natural attrition all programs face, especially ones undergoing a significant change in coaching philosophy, that will more than likely happen at Alabama in the spring?

There is a difference between what's likely to happen at Michigan after spring practice -- a few transfers from kids that no longer fit in the offense -- and what has to happen at Alabama. Michigan will be operating under the 85 scholarship limit this fall and has every incentive to keep those players around. They will be leaving of their own volition. Alabama has every incentive to dump guys. They flat out have to. If a kid is struggling with his academic eligibility how motivated will Alabama be to help him? If a player commits a petty offense how eager will Alabama be to boot him? If Nick Saban knows that by August he has to say goodbye to six kids and it's July and he's only got four down, then what?

I'll tell you what: someone gets it right in the ass.

First, fuck you.  Don't go leveling accusations of unfair dealings that haven't taken place because you think and want to believe that's what is going to happen.  Whatever stick you're getting right up your ass towards Saban, the University of Alabama, and the entire South, jam it up further.  Second, again, boo fucking hoo.  As soon as this gets posted I'll be headed out to pick up a violin and sign up for lessons, so don't expect a lot of posting from me over the next few days.  Let me get this straight, Cook; It is perfectly fine for kids to leave Michigan of their own volition because of the change in coaching philosophy since the great UM really, really wants the little darlings to stick around, but if Alabama's kids want to go elsewhere to seek playing time (even if it is because their coaches encourage them to) because they don't fit in with the new staff and the schems they run, then "OMG$ABAN=3VIL!!!1"?   Yeah, cram it further, asshole.  

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