Loss of Evans is No Big Deal
There’s been a lot of speculation about why Rashaan Evans chose Alabama over Auburn when everything pointed to him staying home. Some have wondered whether money was involved or maybe this was all orchestrated by his father Alan, to “get back” at Auburn for his own failures as a college athlete back in the 1980’s.
Of course, there’s no proof any such thing occurred. And surely his father wouldn’t continue to hold a grudge against the school because he was beaten out by Bo Jackson and ended up at Tennessee-Chattanooga.
Maybe the kid just thought Alabama was a better fit. I have no reason to believe he or his dad’s intentions were anything but honest. More importantly, I could care less. There’s no better example than Rashaan’s father when it comes to recruiting.
Like his son, Alan was the can’t miss athlete of 1982. Then along came Bo, who today would likely have been a three or four-star recruit, and Alan was off to Division I-AA.
These websites make millions of dollars annually assigning stars beside the names of 18 year-old kids and then come up with ridiculous ranking systems that people go ape crap over.
Never mind that they are routinely wrong and few ever go back to check their accuracy four years later.
I’ll remind you that Johnny Manziel was a three-star recruit in high school. Trovon Reed was a five-star. I rest my case.
If you’re still feeling bad, here’s something to cheer you up. CBS Sports Network recruiting analyst Tom Lemming says Auburn signee Tre Williams is every bit as good as Evans.
“Tre Williams is just as good as Rashaan Evans in my opinion,” Lemming said. “It’s not critical to their success, they’ve got enough talent to make up for the loss. They’d rather have (Evans) obviously to make him part of the team, but I think it’s all about the image.
“Losing a local guy, it would be like Alabama losing a Tuscaloosa player like Bo Scarbrough to Auburn, it’s the image. The long run, it’s something people can talk about.”
I refuse to get excited or down over the whim of an 18 year-old kid. Recruiting is important, but it’s not an exact science. I can assure you Gus Malzahn has moved on. Wake me up when these kids hit the practice field in August…
Is Tony Barbee trending in the right direction? A winner in three of his last four games, many are wondering whether he’s turned the proverbial corner. Here’s the most important stat: 5,647. That’s the average attendance at Auburn basketball games this season.
If you’re wondering, that ranks 13-out-of-14 teams in the SEC. Outside of running the table in the SEC Tournament and getting to the Big Dance, Barbee is history. When you spend $92 million on a basketball facility, you expect better than next to last in attendance. And you certainly expect better play on the court.
Let the coaching speculation begin.