The combination of technology and college football is amazing. I mean, we have instant replays, facebook recruiting violations, and now a player transfers from his school through a text message. Read this quote from the article on Rocky Top Talk about Bryce Brown:
Bryce Brown told Derek Dooley today he would be leaving the program…not face to face, but via text message. Sure, he’s a young kid that probably doesn’t know Dooley very well…but if you’re big enough to call your own press conference two months after signing day to announce your school of choice, you should be big enough to tell your head coach you’re leaving face to face.
Dooley’s policy on releasing players has been unique to each situation, and he mentioned at media days that he does take into account how much the player’s departure hurts the team. So while Dooley and the Browns get to sort out how quickly he can play for Kansas State, we get to try and sort out exactly how much this departure will hurt.
The article went on to discuss Brown and it seems like Tennessee fans have a little buyer’s remorse over these star recruits brought in by the one and only Lane Kiffin:
Even if it isn’t fair to define him fully by the text message, it does serve as validation to a thought that many of us had coming into today: we’re tired of this, and maybe it’s just not worth it. Brown, no matter how talented, would’ve been a distraction on a team that’s led the nation in that category over the last two years. He would’ve been an outsider on a team that’s trying to rally together in the face of those distractions, especially for guys like Tauren Poole who’ve stayed and worked hard to play here. And even if Brown really is a good kid and a great running back…he lost our respect a little more each day this dragged on this summer, and each day it got a little easier to just carry on without him…and if he’s that quick to say goodbye, we’ll be that quick to move on.
What are your thoughts?