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Report: Bo Pelini wasn't happy with recruit's decommitment
By Jerry Hinnen January 26, 2013 4:20 pm ET
If the account from new Auburn commitment Dominic Walker is accurate, the fact that he's also a new Nebraska decommitment didn't go over well at all with Cornhuskers coaches.
A senior at Orlando's Evans High School and three-star wide receiver at 247sports, Walker told the Orlando Sentinel he phoned Nebraska coach Bo Pelini and other staff members Friday to tell them he would be signing with Auburn, after having been committed to the Huskers since Dec. 30.
"It was a very tough decision. They were [mad]. They were very mad," Walker said." But I thought I had to call them like a real man should.
"But yeah, they were mad. Coach Pelini said, 'Best of luck, you're going to need it.' "
Nebraska receivers coach Rich Fisher was also unhappy with Walker's decision.
"Coach Fisher said, 'I can't believe you,'" Walker said. "It was really awkward."
Although those comments are harsh, there are several reasons to suspend any sort of judgment on the Nebraska coaches, starting with the fact that these may not be exact quotes; it's Walker's version of events being represented, and because Pelini and Co. can't comment on specific recruits, they can't refute that account if they think it's inaccurate.
On top of that, there's no doubt some strong emotions are involved anytime a recruit switches schools -- especially with only days to go before signing day -- and even if the remarks attributed to Pelini and Fisher are accurate, they weren't knowingly made in a public forum.
In short: We're still a long way away from reaching Les Miles and Gunner Kiel territory here.
But that doesn't mean saying whatever "mad," "awkward" words the Huskers coaches used -- and "best of luck, you're going to need it" comes across as pretty doggone mad -- was anything like a good idea. As much as Walker's change-of-heart must sting, he's still a high school senior trying to make the best of his college decision. Auburn only entered the picture after the school's coaching change, and represented a chance for Walker to play closer to home and alongside a high school teammate. It hurts for the Huskers, but isn't that recruiting?
It's also worth remembering Walker wasn't required to contact the Nebraska coaches at all -- he said he felt he needed to do the right thing after switching his commitment from Vanderbilt to Nebraska in less transparent fashion -- and that his story may force future recruits to reconsider bothering to tell Pelini at all. (It can even be argued it could cause recruits to think less positively about committing to Nebraska in the first place.)
Pelini already has a reputation for letting his emotions get the better of him when things don't go well, and this incident won't help that image at all.
Woody and Archie.................................. Alex being Alex, ....................................and Woody at Dennison
I am extremely happy this guy is not coaching OSU
How embarrassing for their fan base.
Or... perhaps the bulk of them are jaded and just don't see the bad representation/sour grapes
How about existing kids who are being pitched. I'll bet they are impressed.
Recruiting is a very tough business. It would be hard to have that happen from a kid that you had put a lot of faith in, but a simple Good luck to you probably should suffice.
Eddie George, Simply the best
Sour grapes from a "sour puss." I can't recall ever seeing him smile. I think he is fast wearing out his welcome. If he continues there may be some revolting developments.
Beat me to it
When he absolutely melted in a national TV game a few years ago (can't remember the game, but they were still in the Big 12, and Tom Osborne and the Chancellor gave him a public reprimand) I thought to myself that it wouldn't bother me a bit if he never became the head coach here.
As DC - that's a different story (settle down Luke bashers), but as a HC, no way.
You can't handle the truth
If Pelini stole him from Vanderbilt, how can he get mad when the kid leaves them for Auburn? Kids are allowed to decommit if they're coming to Nebraska, but if they decommit from Nebraska to go elsewhere, they're doing something wrong?
no one likes to "get played." I don't think these kids realize how bad they screw over these programs when they decide to "flip" so late in the process.
Ultimately, it is their decision to make but it's tough being a coach and trying to build a program when you can't count a a person's word.
"according to a source familiar with the goings on behind the doors of the WHAC,there is absolutely no panic.Actually, quite the contrary."
Just goes to show the double standard. It is ok for the super hot chick to cheat on her boyfriend as long as it is with you. But when she dumps you for another guy she is a slut.
This post was edited by woodywasking 18 months ago
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