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Another Vote Against Recruiting Pre-Teens

Bob Lipper is one of the more entertaining columnists around and today he sets his sights on Sunday's beginning of the summer recruiting period, especially the trend toward offering scholarships to players who are younger and younger.

Says Virginia Coach Dave Leitao: "There's something fundamentally wrong with recruiting youngsters of that age. They're just entering high school. They haven't built enough of a transcript to show they can even handle college work. There's so much maturing to do."

By Josh Barr  | June 30, 2008; 12:37 PM ET
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here's a thought. if a coach is fool enough to offer a scholarship to a pre-teen, and the offer is accepted, then his institution is permanently on the hook for that scholarship. if the coach happens to go bye-bye of his own volition, that scholarship comes out of his pocket, or the commitment follows him. if the coach goes bye-bye through the institutions choice...they stay on the hook.

if institutions or coaches find themselves down 10-20% of their scholarship allotment for any given sport, it won't belong before the practice ends.

Posted by: mdrockjock | June 30, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

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