The million dollar question in college sports “how do you keep kids out of trouble”. Whether it’s the usual college partying trouble or the serious crimes that we have seen this summer, the spotlight has never been brighter on athletes. Social media is the biggest avenue for petty college troubles and much of which Johnny Manziel has dealt with all summer. However dealing with crimes that involve law enforcement are the biggest black eyes in college sports. Football seems to be the biggest culprit with regards to these crimes and they put a coach in a very difficult position.
How does a coach decide when to give a player a second chance? At what point does a coach say we need to part ways with the student athlete. These decisions are generally handled differently by each coach at each institution. The biggest resource for a coach making these decisions is recruiting. You could make a case that the head coach should be more involved than he already is in recruiting; especially spring time. The more a coach knows about a player, his family and his background the better judge of character he can become. The biggest problem a coach has is not guys getting in trouble, but them getting in trouble twice. That makes the coach look bad and reflects on the program.
Brady Solution: Give the head coaches more access to recruits. The fact that the guy whose job hangs in the balance cannot go out and recruit in the spring makes no sense. I would allow all nine coaches to be on the road and if a kid wants to invite a coach for a visit unlimited times then why not. How else are you supposed to get to know someone? You wouldn’t get married after three dates would you? That is what some of these recruiting stories feel like, especially with five star guys.
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- Speaking of trouble the Florida Gators will be without Antonio Morrison for at least two games this fall and maybe more. He is the best linebacker on the UF roster and he anchors the middle of the defense. He will be especially missed in week two when Florida travels to Miami to take on Duke Johnson and the Hurricanes.
- NFL Network has listed its top 50 players in college football and 19 are from the SEC. What is scary is that eight are from Alabama; the nation’s number one team and defending national champion. The more I think about the Tide’s chances at a three peat the more I am convinced they will do it. One reason is they were not the number one story at SEC Media Days; it was Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel. The focus seems to be on the fact that the Aggies beat them last season. I think they are a little under the radar if you can say that about the number one team in the country.
- I just left ACC Media Days, where once again the focus was on the non conference slate and the fact that the league needs to win these games. The SEC is right in the middle of this with South Carolina versus UNC and Clemson and Georgia taking on Clemson. Miami and FSU will both get Florida while Virginia Tech gets Alabama in the opener. Any of these wins would mean a ton to the league and its national reputation.