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Tag, NOT IT!

In normal times, pre covid-19 this would be a heavy month of college football coaches bumping into players at their high school. The infamous evaluations period that was scheduled for April 15 through May 31, 2020. Unfortunately the video conferencing has become the new normal to be introduced to coaches and take over on campus visits. However, is this really a substitute for recruiting?
Most likely not but better than nothing or the annoying list almost every college buys to send you camp invites or to purchase season tickets. Let’s face it the university wants your dollars even if you never make it to the fields or courts.

The odds of a high school athlete completing 3-5 years of a sport are truly against the odds. Primarily due to the rigorous schedules and heavy work load in the classrooms. Early enrollment and summer school is now a must and burnout ensues for the guys that were all hype and can NOT cut the mustard next level. The 18-25 new faces every year make it challenging in addition to the transfer portal as more experienced plays are determined to win a job by any means necessary. The deck is stacked against student athletes that have little discipline. A wake up to be in the trainers office by 5am and practices at 6am with meetings can last past noon. So that reason you are there called a post secondary education can last well past 8pm. In addition tutors and a good nights rest. Yep, the rigors of a student athlete is cumbersome and complicated.So no social life outside of team and heavy demands to be in tip top shape to be the next man or woman up.

So how do you get to post secondary education?
Well for starters it is NOT some trainer, handler, coach or someone else tagging you name, profile or video(s) daily or hourly to colleges. Some of the biggest misconceptions is that individual position coaches actually read, view or respond to emails, IMs, DMs, etc. The big schools have people on staff to filter the noise, spam or content considered junk. So, if you really think that low, low payment of $239 a month or more has value, RETHINK IT! The recruiting companies, APPS, websites and trainers are out to make money! its their business to make money and blow smoke up your ass! That is a guarantee. 99.9% sure if you stop payment, stop attending or rip up a contract the HYPE they call recruiting goes away like dust in the wind. If you ain’t paying you ain’t getting hyped any more.

Years ago coaches had a long tenure and players were cultivated organically. Eventually the pressure to win became increasingly more demanding to attract paying students. The University of Miami is a prime example in football and UNLV in basketball. The wins, bowl appearances and limelight causes HYPE and REVENUES. The coaches have gone from $25,000 to $300,000 in annual salaries in the past decade. So do you really think they are concerned with being tagged on social media?
The smart answer is NO because they want to keep their jobs as they are well paying nowadays. The modern day HYPE in recent years dwarfs the past decade whenless communication was transmitted and of more value or quality.

Fast forward to 2015 and the plethora of backyard gyms, trainers, handlers and boosters willing to pay to play. Even the high and mighty Hollywood actors that scammed their way into elite schools. Some musicians children or former professional players all because the Universities knew they could leverage donor monies. Yep, fields, field houses, practice facilities and buildings need to be erected so if you have a fat wallet or sizable bank account odds are you might be recruited as opposed to someone deserving. The coaches reliability on word of mouth now has red tape associated to an offer or camp invite. Some schools will even make sure a player or two from the local market are on the roster to sell the fan base season tickets. Yes it happens and why many colleges align with a handful of dominate or winning programs so they can say we did our due diligence when in reality its a favor to save face.

So the biggest resolve is are we making this more difficult or complicated than it needs to be and the answer is YES, emphatically! The offers are just a way to get you to pay for a summer camp and prove yourselves. These camps are where they can eyeball and get true measurements rather than rely on self reported height, weight and statistics.
Are you really 6’3″ and measure barely measure 6 foot.
Is that 4.62 40 yard das a true assessment or is it more like 4.95-5.10?
Are you 100+ tackles true and if so why during team camp are you NOT making plays?
After all that is the medical record checks for not only broken bones but concussions or learning deficiencies. If you can not learn in the classroom, how are you going to be eligible?
College board exams of ACT and SAT need to be verified alongside a high school transcript with the intention of are you going to be eligible on game day?

So Tag, you NOT it has meaningful purpose, wake the fuck up and spend your hard earned monies wisely! The going collusion rate for a position trainer is $499 a month with a 12 month contract, rain, shine, snow or pandemic. So for you non mathematicians that adds up to $5,988 per annum or $23,952 if you get suckered for 4 years. The same sum most post secondary students pay for local tuition to get that education and can enjoy the college experience without having to sacrifice their time or bodies of potential life long injuries.

Parents don’t believe the HYPE as no one person can guarantee a division one scholarship no matter how many social media tags they post about your child! The monies you pay are to a business person to line their pockets. Some will resort to placing advertisements in magazines, host a podcast or even buy air time waits for no one! Hustle your ass bou on the radio to create HYPE on their paying clients. In fact there are a handful of subscription based media advertisers that have ranking lists and will write a story on your children if you have been paying for a few years. Yes the click bait is real annoying as film does NOT lie but trainers do. The basic reason is so they can hustle you for the almighty American dollars once a month for 12 months! As for 7 on 7 guys, that is the ultimate hustle for monies when colleges do not even care or plan to watch that film as its on air or not true football. Better time and monies could be spent on hoops for a vertical or rugby for tackling and even track and field for speed. 7v7 is a money maker for HYPE guys and only a couple do it for the cost of the helmet and uniform. A vast majority do it for revenues like $60,000 per team deposited into their pockets, especially the cash based hustlers!

It truly is a game so Tag, NOT IT!
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FBS SPRING GAMES 2017

SPRING GAMES BY DATE

March 2: Arizona

March 4: Duke

March 11: New Mexico State

March 18: Colorado, Oregon State, San Diego State

March 23: Hawaii

March 25: BYU, Kent State, Vanderbilt

April 1: Georgia Southern, Michigan State, NC State, South Carolina, Texas Tech, UAB, UNLV

April 7: Florida, FIU, Rice

April 8: Air Force, Auburn, Boise State, Bowling Green, Clemson, Eastern Michigan, Florida State, Iowa State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, North Carolina, North Texas, Oklahoma, Purdue, SMU, TCU, Texas A&M, Tulsa, Utah State, Wake Forest

April 13: Indiana

April 14: Buffalo, Kentucky, Navy

April 15: Arizona State, Army, Ball State, Georgia State, Houston, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan, Middle Tennessee, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Old Dominion, Pitt, San Jose State, South Florida, Stanford, Texas, Texas State, Troy, USC, Utah, UTSA, West Virginia

April 20: UMass

April 21: Arkansas State, UConn, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Wisconsin

April 22: Akron, Alabama, Baylor, Boston College, California, Central Michigan, Charlotte, Colorado State, East Carolina, FAU, Georgia, Kansas State, LSU, Marshall, Maryland, Miami (OH), Northern Illinois, Notre Dame, Penn State, Southern Miss, Syracuse, Temple, Tennessee, Tulane, UCF, Virginia Tech, Washington, Washington State, Western Kentucky, Wyoming

April 28: Idaho

April 29: Arkansas, Fresno State, Nevada, Oregon, UCLA, Virginia

No spring game: Appalachian State, Illinois, Toledo

TBA: Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, Miami (FL), New Mexico, Ohio, South Alabama, UTEP, Western Michigan

Here is the spring practice information for nearly every FBS team (a few haven’t responded to the inquiry yet).

(Team — Start date — Spring game date)

Air Force — Feb. 24 — April 8
Akron — March 20 — April 22
Alabama — TBA — April 22
Appalachian State — Feb. 6 — N/A
Arizona — Feb. 18 — March 2
Arizona State — March 3 — April 15
Arkansas — March 28 — April 29
Arkansas State — March 28 — April 21
Army — March 21 — April 15
Auburn — Feb. 28 — April 8
Ball State — March 14 — April 15
Baylor — March 18 — April 22
Boise State — March 6 — April 8
Boston College — March 15 — April 22
Bowling Green — March 13 — April 8
Buffalo — March 7 — April 14
BYU — Feb. 27 — March 25
Cal — March 15 — April 22
Central Michigan — March 21 — April 22
Charlotte — TBA — April 22
Cincinnati — March 6 — TBA (likely April 14)
Clemson — March 1 — April 8
Coastal Carolina — TBA — TBA
Colorado — Feb. 22 — March 18
Colorado State — March 21 — April 22
UConn — March 21 — April 21
Duke — Feb. 3 — March 4
East Carolina — March 20 — April 22
Eastern Michigan — March 7 — April 8
Florida — Feb. 28 — April 7
Florida Atlantic — March 21 — April 22
Florida International — TBA — April 7
Florida State — March 6 — April 8
Fresno State — March 27 — April 29
Georgia — TBA — April 22
Georgia Southern — March 9 — April 1
Georgia State — March 20 — April 15
Georgia Tech — TBA — April 21
Hawaii — Feb. 20 — March 23
Houston — March 6 — April 15
Idaho — March 24 — April 28
Illinois — Feb. 14 — N/A
Indiana — March 4 — April 13
Iowa — March 22 — April 21
Iowa State — Feb. 28 — April 8
Kansas — March 12 — April 15
Kansas State — March 29 — April 22
Kent State — March 1 — March 25
Kentucky — March 5 — April 14
Louisiana Tech — TBA — TBA
Louisiana-Lafayette — March 7 — April 8
Louisiana-Monroe — March 14 — April 8
Louisville — March 21 — April 15
LSU — March 11 — April 22
Marshall — March 28 — April 22
Maryland — March 12 — April 22
UMass — March 20 — April 20
Memphis — TBA — TBA
Miami (FL) — TBA — TBA
Miami (OH) — March 14 — April 22
Michigan — March 24 — April 15
Michigan State — Feb. 25 — April 1
Middle Tennessee — March 16 — April 15
Minnesota — March 7 — April 15
Ole Miss — Feb. 28 — April 8
Mississippi State — March 9 — April 8
Missouri — TBA — April 15
Navy — March 20 — April 14
Nebraska — March 4 — April 15
Nevada — TBA — April 29
New Mexico — TBA — TBA
New Mexico State — Feb. 25 — March 11
North Carolina — Feb. 28 — April 8
NC State — Feb. 25 — April 1
North Texas — Feb. 27 — April 8
Northern Illinois — March 21 — April 22
Northwestern — Feb. 21 — April 8
Notre Dame — March 8 — April 22
Ohio — TBA — TBA
Ohio State — March 7 — April 15
Oklahoma — March 21 — April 8
Oklahoma State — March 6 — April 15
Old Dominion — TBA — April 15
Oregon — April 3 — April 29
Oregon State — Feb. 17 — March 18
Penn State — March 22 — April 22
Pitt — March 16 — April 15
Purdue — Feb. 27 — April 8
Rice — March 6 — April 7
Rutgers — March 23 — April 22
San Diego State — TBA — March 18
San Jose State — March 10 — April 15
SMU — March 28 — April 8
South Alabama — TBA — TBA
South Carolina — Feb. 25 — April 1
South Florida — March 6 — April 15
Southern Miss — March 21 — April 22
Stanford — Feb. 28 — April 15
Syracuse — March 21 — April 22
TCU — March 4 — April 8
Temple — March 20 — April 22
Tennessee — March 21 — April 22
Texas — March 6 — April 15
Texas A&M — March 1 — April 8
Texas State — March 22 — April 15
Texas Tech — March 4 — April 1
Toledo — Feb. 14 — N/A
Troy — March 16 — April 15
Tulane — March 17 — April 22
Tulsa — Feb. 28 — April 8
UAB — Feb. 23 — April 1
UCF — March 20 — April 22
UCLA — April 4 — April 29
UNLV — March 1 — April 1
USC — March 7 — April 15
Utah — March 9 — April 15
Utah State — Feb. 28 — April 8
UTEP — TBA — TBA
UTSA — March 6 — April 15
Vanderbilt — Feb. 27 — March 25
Virginia — March 28 — April 29
Virginia Tech — March 21 — April 22
Wake Forest — Feb. 28 — April 8
Washington — March 27 — April 22
Washington State — March 23 — April 22
West Virginia — March 14 — April 15
Western Kentucky — March 23 — April 22
Western Michigan — TBA — TBA
Wisconsin — March 14 — April 21
Wyoming — TBA (likely March 21) — April 22