War of words
With national Signing Day on Wednesday and 24 states holding presidential primaries on Super Tuesday, mudslinging could reach an all-time high this weekend. Some coaches will trash rival schools as part of their final recruiting pushes, while candidates certainly will trash one another to win delegates. What's amazing is how the negative campaigning seems to parallel negative recruiting.
The race for the Democratic nomination almost mirrors the recruiting race in the SEC. Coaches routinely rip conference rivals to recruits and then spend late November and early December preaching that because of the quality of players and coaches in the league, the SEC champ deserves a place in the title game. Ditto for
But does the negativity work? One player who committed to an SEC school said that shortly after he announced his commitment, an SEC and an ACC coach trashed his future coach.
"They'll make up information," the player said. "They'll tell you stuff about your coach. It kind of gives you a sour taste."
Still, the ploy occasionally works. Last year, Alabama coach
Intrigued, Davis visited Tuscaloosa. When they learned of the visit, LSU coaches yanked Davis' scholarship offer, according to reports. Davis signed with Alabama.
Should McCain win the party's nomination, he could bolster his campaign by choosing a dynamic, younger running mate. That's exactly what Bowden and Brooks did when they designated offensive coordinators
"I don't want any insecurity by parents and players that all of a sudden, if their son comes here, somebody will come in and change the whole program if I step down," Brooks told
"This will hopefully clear up any continuity issues ... It's my hope he'll take it to an even bigger level after I leave."
Coaches at Brigham Young should understand the plight of Republican candidate
BYU is run by the Mormon church, and as such, players there must adhere to an honor code much stricter than any they would have to abide by at State U. Students at BYU are forbidden from consuming alcohol, even if they are of legal drinking age, or caffeine. Premarital sex can get a student expelled. Rival coaches have made sure to point out those facts to non-LDS players considering BYU, painting the school unfairly as a place where fun simply isn't allowed.
Rivals also have extra ammunition when recruiting against BYU for black players. The school's namesake preached more than 150 years ago that blacks were cursed because they were descendants of Biblical villain
Case in point: Greenwood (Ark.) quarterback
"He had some choice words for me," Wilson said of one Big 12 coach, whom he declined to identify. Wilson said the coach wanted an explanation why Wilson would turn down a school with a feasible chance to compete for a national title to go to a school that probably would go only to the Liberty Bowl after winning a conference title. Wilson explained that he chose the school that fit his skill set and values.
Paul and Huckabee supporters, who probably will have to spend the next few months deciding who they'll vote for in the general election, would have been proud.