I had the pleasure and privilege of listening to Andrew Bone speak at the Memphis Botanical Gardens last night at the Bama on the Bluff meeting, and it was incredibly informative. That kid really knows his stuff. He was a teammate of Brodie's, so he's still young, and still is in charge of his game. He knows what's going on with EVERYBODY and can spout off stats incredibly quickly.
He answered a question regarding Tennessee's latest recruiting ordeal where the assistant coaches ripped their shirts off and everybody kinda started a mosh pit screaming "UT WILDBOYS, UT WILDBOYS" and whatnot. According to Andrew, the kids all thought it was pretty cool...but these are 17 year old kids. The parents are not so enthralled about it, from what I understand.
I asked him after the meeting about the effect that the NCAA talk has had on potential recruits. I was told that it's currently not having any effect at all because the coaches don't believe anything else is going to happen. Now, on the flip side, there are a lot of elite level kids that have taken Florida St off their board now that they're on probation and whatnot. I guess we'll just have to take a wait and see approach.
If you want to read up on the latest information about the Daniel Moore trial, check out Ian's blog. He's done a great job of covering everything.
My bracket isn't that messed up right now. I played SEC homer and picked Mississippi St to beat Washington, but I picked Butler to beat LSU, so there ya go. Missed on VCU and Minnesota as well. Got everything else right, and all of my sweet 16 teams are still in it, so I'm doing MUCH better this year than last year. Haha.
With Anthony Grant being out of the tournament, and the coaching job he did last night against Ben Howland, I'd really like to see us make a run at him. He's young, energetic, and obviously knows what he's doing. He could take this program to new heights, I believe. But...I guess we shall see. I don't have any kind of feel anymore on what direction they're leaning. Of course, unlike the football search, I just don't have the desire to try and follow planes and whatnot for this one. Haha.
¶ 9:12 AM
It makes me feel better to hear that the Bama coaches don't think anything else is going to come from the NCAA about the text book scandle. Thanks for the insight!
ROLL TIDE!!!! # posted by paul4tide : 12:28 PM
I also enjoyed Andrew Bone's talk last night. He is quite an impressive young man and really knows Alabama recruiting. I only wish more folks would have come out. Oh well...their loss.