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The highs and lows of summer recruiting

Posted on: July 6, 2011 7:03 am
Edited on: July 6, 2011 4:37 pm
 
By Gary Parrish

INDIANAPOLIS -- The private plane is why I agreed to the plan.

Sure, the idea was nice in general.

And I knew it could be fun and interesting.

But when my colleague Jeff Goodman suggested we do something different this summer and try to show readers the opposite worlds that high-major coaches and low-major coaches operate in during the July evaluation period, I added one stipulation before I signed up. I told him he'd have to let me travel like a high-major and he'd have to go low-major. Because Goodman is a team player, he obliged. So a little later on this morning I'll meet up with Michigan State's Tom Izzo while Goodman does the same with Texas-Pan American's Ryan Marks, and that's the way we'll spend the next three days.

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We'll all four start the evaluation period at the Adidas Invitational.

We'll all four start by sitting in the same bleachers.

Then, at some point, Izzo and I will go one way and Marks and Goodman will go another. What we hope to demonstrate -- both with words and pictures in this blog -- is how high-major coaches and low-major coaches don't live the same way despite technically being in the same profession. When Izzo and I leave Indianapolis for another event, we'll do so on a private plane. When Goodman and Marks leave Indianapolis for another event, well, I don't know how they'll do it, tell the truth. But I know they won't have a private plane, and I know they won't be staying in the same type of hotels, and I know they won't be watching the same type of prospects, either.

I'll be with Izzo all day Wednesday, Thursday and Friday while Goodman shadows Marks. We will update this blog several times a day each day with first-person observations from the road, and with some luck you'll have a better understanding by Friday night of how a man with a massive recruiting budget spends this month as opposed to a man with almost no recruiting budget at all. Some of it will be serious basketball stuff. Some of it will just be goofy anecdotes. Hopefully, all of it will be enjoyable. So bookmark this blog and return regularly. We'll check in from the gym in a little while. And I'll almost certainly Tweet from the private plane.
Comments

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 3:07 am
 

The highs and lows of summer recruiting

This website is instead superb! How can I make an individual such as this?



Since: Mar 6, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2011 4:01 pm
 

The highs and lows of summer recruiting

dude in the red shirt sitting next to Izzo looks like he plays hide the soldier in the exit hole. 



Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: July 6, 2011 11:27 pm
 

The highs and lows of summer recruiting

uksincebirth... I know what you are saying, I am just speaking to the NCAA rules, which I am sure you know all about, regarding coaches not being able to comment on specific recruits or the media not being able to witness "recruiting" and why this blog is not an NCAA violation. 



Since: Jul 14, 2010
Posted on: July 6, 2011 3:26 pm
 

The highs and lows of summer recruiting

caps lock dude.



Since: Jun 13, 2011
Posted on: July 6, 2011 1:49 pm
 

The highs and lows of summer recruiting

SOME OF THE PLAYERS WILL SEE THE COACHES THERE AND SINCE MOST OF THE PLAYERS KNOW ALREADY WHO IS REALLY INTERESTED IN THEM, DO YOU SERIOUSLY THINK THE COACHES DONT KNOW THAT THE PLAYERS KEEP AN EYE ON THE BLEACHERS(AT LEAST A LITTLE) TO SEE WHO IS THERE AND IF THE COACHES RECRUITING THEM ARE THERE? THESE KIDS NOW ADAYS HAVE SO MUCH INFO VIA THE INTERNET THAT THEY ARE VERY AWARE OF WHATS GOING ON IN THE WORLD OF COLLEGE RECRUITING.



Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: July 6, 2011 12:58 pm
 

The highs and lows of summer recruiting

The title of the blog is a bit misleading.  There is no "recruiting" going on during an evaluation period.  Coaches cannot contact any recruits.  But a blog titled "The highs and lows of summer evaluating" wouldn't have the same ring or appeal to it.


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