“Sure, I’ll sign the football…if you sign this dotted line.”
For all of his “aw shucks-simple man-apple pie-dog cussing-and those kinds of things-ness”, Coach Billy Clyde continues to prove he’s quite adept at this whole recruiting thing. You see, feathers were ruffled around the nation–and at home–when Gillispie pledged a scholly to a trio of high school freshmen last year, and just this summer received commitments from a freshman and an 8th grader. Today, the National Association of Basketball Coaches hath spoke, and they’ve directed a stern frown at this prepubescent ploy.
“ [the NABC] strongly opposes 10th grade students and younger from making commitments to collegiate institutions for the purpose of playing men’s basketball.”
Gillispie does not appear phased in the slightest by this ‘gentle urging’, and no one should be surprised. See, Gillispie had this statement prepared from day 1. He knew the hullabaloo would quickly follow these commitments, opposing coaches and child services would bitch, and eventually a will would have to be imposed. His chips were in; he was just waiting to be called.
Whether or not you agree with robbing the proverbial cradle on the recruiting trail or not, remember the astute words of General Douglas MacArthur, “if ya ain’t loopholin’, ya’ ain’t winnin’.” Just like any
good lawyer, college coaches (see: the good ones) are fixated on loopholes within the system and suckling that teat for all its worth, before graciously backing off at just the right time with a milk-mustachioed grin.
Call it sleazy, cheap, absurd, etc., just don’t call it lazy. Gillispie knew he’d be called…and he cashed out with a full house.