Bent,The only schools they mention are Indiana and Purdue, so maybe he had his expectations a little too high from the beginning and blew off smaller schools, or maybe the guy just isn't that good.
Amen to that. That's why schoolsl like Boise State are so successful against the big boys.New Fan,
You nailed it!
I think that we have had TOO many that did indeed become A CHEMISTRY PROBLEM.
It does not appear as though we have that anymore. The guys LOVE each other and the coaches. That is key.
Maybe he didn't register with the Clearinghouse--many kids and schools have trouble with that every year, and colleges can't really do anything about it.
As for the rather having happy DIAA talent vs DI talent, I'm not so sure--it obviously depends on the kid and what they make of it. My guy's still pissed about being "overlooked" but he's happy with his current situation, and playing with a chip on his shoulder. I'd rather have this--confident kids with DI or marginally DI talent that got overlooked for whatever reason, and play like they intend to prove to all of the DI coaches that they made a mistake, WITHOUT BECOMING A CHEMISTRY PROBLEM for the team that did give them the opportunity to play. This has something to do with the "advice" they receive and what they hear from parents, peers, and other people in their ears--if everyone keeps blowing smoke about "what could have been" rather than "make the most of the opportunity you've been given", it can lead a kid in the wrong direction.
We had a guy on our team when I was a sophomore and Junior, biggest asshole ever. An absolute locker room poison. But he was one of the best players Ohio had seen in years.way to be. good comments. you've seen it. i've seen it. unless you are there in practices, around the kids when they come in, people just dont understand.
i am tired of high school coaches who think more about what a kid going to i-a means to their respective programs than they do in what's best for the indivudual player. i know all high school kids want to play at florida, usc, ohio state, florida state, miami, oklahoma. but not that many kids are good enough. those that are, do. those that aren't end up at other i-a schools or they end up on the i-aa level.
as someone who covers the colts for a living, i see these guys when they get drafted or sign as undrafted free agents. give me guys like antoine bethea (howard university), dominic rhodes (midwestern state) and robert mathis (alabama a&m). they dont come in with a cocky ego. they just come in and play.
just like the high school kids who show up the first day of college practice thinking that they are all that and then find out they're just one of 65 kids on a scholarship, the same happens when guys show up for their first nfl practice.
that's my advice to the guys who recently signed to play at indiana state. leave your egos at the door. be prepared to play.