Chaos Theory: How Carroll's move impacted recruiting nationwide
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The chain reaction aspect makes Chaos Theory a perfect way to study college football recruiting. For example, if a college coach in Los Angeles spreads his wings and flies to the NFL on Jan. 10, does it set off a chain reaction that eventually causes a snowstorm in Knoxville, Tenn., on Jan. 30?
When Carroll accepted the Seattle Seahawks' head coaching job, the USC recruits at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl were thrown for a loop. "I'm wide open," San Diego's
It seemed USC's class might scatter and kick off the Chaos, but that's the most intriguing part about Chaos Theory: We never know what will happen after the butterfly flaps its wings. On Jan. 12, USC athletic director
All of a sudden, USC's class was secure. Chicago-area receiver
But Kiffin's departure to USC threw Tennessee into its own kind of chaos. The night Kiffin was hired at USC, Oregeron enraged the coaching fraternity by contacting recruits who planned to enroll at Tennessee the next day and attempting to recruit them to USC. (It's not against any rule if the players haven't attended a class, but it's an unwritten rule that coaches shouldn't try to swipe committed players from the school that just finished sending them paychecks.)
A few of Tennessee's recruits bailed, but no one landed immediately at USC. Defensive end
Now the coach recruiting Ambles at Tennessee is
Jackson wasn't the only previously committed player Dooley swiped. He also grabbed Tyrone, Ga., tailback
Nance committed to Vanderbilt in June, but during a stellar senior season at Calhoun High, other schools showed interest. Kiffin called from Tennessee. Coaches from Arkansas and Louisville called as well. Last week, Nance met with Vandy coach
Speaking of great names, Nance's Calhoun teammate, receiver
Nance wasn't the only quarterback whose college choice was ultimately affected by Carroll's move. The most complex chain reaction involved
On Jan. 19, Arizona coach
That left Arizona looking for a quarterback. Readers of this space first met New Orleans quarterback
• Jan. 10: Carroll accepts Seahawks job.
• Jan. 12: USC hires Tennessee's Kiffin to replace Carroll.
• Jan. 15: Tennessee hires Louisiana Tech's Dooley to replace Kiffin.
• Jan. 19: Louisiana Tech hires Arizona offensive coordinator Dykes to replace Dooley. Allen, Texas quarterback Brown decommits from Arizona.
• Jan. 25: Brown commits to TCU. Arizona coaches step up pursuit of Legaux.
Cincinnati's staff, in place because of an entirely different butterfly wing flap, also has offered Legaux a scholarship. Which is good thing, because Sunday night Arizona took a commitment from Keller, Texas, quarterback
So Legaux will announce Wednesday whether he will sign with Colorado or Cincinnati. When he does, another butterfly will flap its wings and the Chaos will start all over again.