As perks go, this has got to be one of the best things out there.
If I were a college football prospect, you can believe I would be going on five “mini-vacations” during my senior year of high school. And if Dabo Swinney told me I could not, well then, adios, Dabo.
Just show up at the airport with an ID and get on the plane (after the security x-ray, of course).
So when I hear of college football coaches yanking scholarship offers just because a committed player wants to visit another school, it irks me.
Sure. I understand how coaches might feel a bit of betrayal, but yet how many coaches can actually say they wouldn’t — or didn’t for that matter — do the same thing.
Most of these high school football players have never ventured out of town, let along out of state ... and for sure, rarely, if ever, on an airplane.
If someone is flashing free airline tickets — without a time share seminar or travel club membership hook — I only have three words: Go for it.
These kids are getting an opportunity to take advantage of the benefits created by the multi-million-dollar monster called the NCAA or, more suitably the
What enlightened me more so recently was a conversation with UCF head coach George O’Leary. Coach O’Leary is a stickler for things. He does things his way. But when it comes to players taking visits, even for those committed to UCF, Coach O’Leary says, “Go for it.”
He only asks one simple thing and that is the promise that each prospect’s final visit be to UCF.
That may not have always been Coach O’Leary’s stance, but even he has evolved, to an extent, with the times. (Let’s not get carried away, though. I’m pretty sure there is no GOL
Coach O’Leary wants the opportunity to make the final pitch to his target prospects. That is not too much to ask.
O’Leary has been around the game as a coach at some level since 1968. The man has had plenty of situations around which to formulate his opinions.
He also understands the logic of common sense. If you tell a kid he can’t do something, well then what is he going to do?