Former LSU quarterback Perrilloux to play at Jacksonville State
Former LSU quarterback
Instead he got grilled by school president
Because NCAA rules don't require a player to sit out after transferring down a division, Perrilloux can play immediately for Jacksonville State, which competes in the Ohio Valley Conference of the Football Championship Subdivision (Division I-AA). Perrilloux likely will play immediately, because the Gamecocks don't have a scholarship quarterback on campus. The reason JSU is without a quarterback should give Perrilloux motivation to avoid the missteps that led to his dismissal at LSU. The starting job is open because Crowe recently threw incumbent
"He'll have the same accountability, I promise you," Crowe said. "There won't be a dual standard."
Every year, I-A players get booted from their teams and go in search of a I-AA home where they can play immediately. That leaves I-AA coaches wrestling with several daunting philosophical questions. Who deserves a second chance, and does immense talent make that second chance easier to get?
Crowe, who was
Crowe has taken in former SEC players before. Cornerback
Before he steps on campus, the 6-foot-3, 227-pound Perrilloux will be the highest profile player in Jacksonville State history. Before he made headlines for his role in a fight, for trying to enter a casino with another person's ID or for missing classes and team meetings, Perrilloux was one of the nation's most sought after recruits. In 2005, several publications ranked Perrilloux the nation's top quarterback. Perrilloux also won the MVP award at the 2007 SEC title game after he subbed for injured
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Pruett, who had recruited Moss while defensive coordinator at Florida, knew all the details of the fight. He knew Moss and his family. Pruett thought Moss could thrive in the proper environment. Pruett was correct. As a freshman, Moss caught 78 passes for 1,709 yards and 28 touchdowns and helped Marshall win the I-AA national title. He also went to class and did everything Pruett asked of him.
"No one person has the same set of issues," Pruett said. "There was never any hesitation in my mind that Randy wouldn't come there and be a very successful and productive student. ... It was a win-win situation."
Pruett warns that coaches considering transfers must do their homework. Their program has to fit the player, or they could be inviting more issues. "If it's like oil and water, it doesn't matter how good an athlete they are," Pruett says. "It's not going to work."
While vetting Perrilloux, Crowe called former high school and college coaches. He called support staff at LSU. After gathering all the information, Crowe had to ask himself a question: Would I have kicked this player off my team for doing the same things? "I'm not afraid to give talent a chance," Crowe said, "but it's not all about talent."
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Crowe said coaches must make an informed guess about the player's character and has his own test. "Look somebody in the eye," Crowe said, "and see if they squirm when they tell the story."
Crowe admits he has been conned on occasion, but 35 years of coaching at the college level have honed his evaluation skills. If Crowe walks away satisfied with the player's answers, then he'll offer that player a roster spot. If the player accepts, Crowe will offer one more piece of advice. That second chance, more than likely, is a last chance. Behave accordingly.
"[The player] knows he's in the fourth quarter," Crowe said. "That's a powerful management tool."
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