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Chris Chase, USA TODAY Sports

Adidas’ new college basketball uniforms are a miracle, mainly because they manage to make those stupid-looking sleeved jerseys their second most preposterous feature.

Animal-striped shorts are the lowlight of the new uniforms six Adidas schools — Baylor, Cincinnati, Kansas, Louisville, Notre Dame and UCLA — will wear this March.

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Old-school boosters have athletic directors by the throat and black coaches get the shaft. Welcome to what we thought was the 21st Century.

 by Zach Dillard

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As college football continues to evolve into a lucrative empire, and as its participating athletic programs become increasingly impatient on producing winning results, coaches are losing their jobs at historic rates. Despite the average coaching tenure hovering around the four-year threshold, though, the NCAA’s Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) can also be a land of second chances.

In 2013, “recycling” previously fired coaches is common practice. There are 17 active FBS coaches who have previously lost their jobs at another FBS school; two others are formerly fired NFL head coaches. The reasons for each coach’s earlier dismissal, range from the typical (too few wins) to the outlandish (résumé padding) to the embarrassing (sexual misconduct, subsequent lying). In a world where team victories ultimately equate to financial gains, programs appear more than willing to re-shuffle the deck and offer a coach a mulligan.

Unless, of course, said coach is black. Then the numbers dwindle—all the way down to one.

Throughout the long and winding history of college football, Tyrone Willingham remains the only black coach to ever be fired from an FBS head-coaching job and re-hired at another FBS gig. He serves as a popular talking point addressing the sport’s discouraging track record of minority hiring practices. Willingham, who was fired at Notre Dame with a 21-15 record before getting his second shot at the University of Washington, is also the only minority coach to hold three separate head-coaching jobs at college football’s top level. If those come across as trivial statistics, they shouldn’t—the 59-year-old is one of only 42 full-time African-American head coaches in FBS (formerly Division I-A) history. The field is limited.

Jon Embree knew those facts when he sat down behind a microphone on November 26th. In that moment, he knew the odds were severely stacked against him.



At the press conference following Embree’s dismissal as Colorado’s head football coach, the 47-year-old addressed the elephant in the room, the lingering statistic that follows the firing of any one of the disturbingly low number of black coaches in college football. 

“You know we don’t get opportunities. At the end of the day, you get fired and that’s it, right, wrong or indifferent,” said Embree who is now coaching tight ends for the NFL’s Cleveland Browns. “Tyrone Willingham was the only one who got fired and got hired again. We get bad jobs and no time to fix it.”

(It should be noted, though, that the numbers here can be a bit misleading: Jim Caldwell went on to become a head coach at the NFL level for the Indianapolis Colts after being fired at Wake Forest. Dennis Green, who coached at Northwestern and Stanford, also reached the NFL head-coaching ranks after holding two college jobs.)

In many ways, Embree was not the quintessential spokesperson on the imperative issue of athletic programs’ hiring practices—after all, he received his job at his alma mater with no prior head-coaching or coordinator experience before going 4-21 in his two seasons—but the message rang home loud and clear. The opportunities for black coaches are limited in quantity and quality. As a result, in one of the nation’s most volatile job markets, the number of black coaches continues to hover in the mid-teens despite young African-American men composing the majority of FBS rosters.

Looking back through the careers of the exclusive fraternity of 42, the theme remains consistent: either attempt to move up the coaching ladder or become yet another statistic. Only two black FBS head coaches (Caldwell at Wake Forest, Tony Samuel at New Mexico State) have coached at the same school for at least seven seasons. Both men made it eight campaigns before getting fired.

Currently, Ron English of Eastern Michigan is the longest-tenured black head coach at the same FBS school. He was hired in 2009. Overall, the average tenure of the past eight minority coaches to be fired? Less than three seasons.

While athletic programs are quicker now than ever to terminate a coach’s contract, regardless of ethnicity, there is a fundamental distinction separating minority coaches. To steal a point from Sports Illustrated’s Stewart Mandel, the difference is that when Derek Dooley or Tom O’Brien are ousted, the sport loses two of its 100-plus white head coaches; when Embree, Joker Phillips (formerly at Kentucky) or DeWayne Walker (formerly of New Mexico St) are fired or resign, the sport loses one-fifth of its black coaches.

Exacerbating the problem, of course, as Embree pointed out in his parting press conference, is that if a black head coach does not succeed in that limited two- to four-year window, his chances of reclaiming one of the 124 major college coaching jobs is highly unlikely.

It may seem easy to point to the career-losing records of many black head coaches as viable cause for the lack of consideration for future positions, but accounting for the low success rate of any coach given a restricted time frame to turn around a program, that argument is insubstantial.
 While many of the 17 active white head coaches that have been “recycled” boast career-winning records, that isn’t always the case—and it wouldn’t matter if it was.

For example, there are former black head coaches with winning records and impressive résumés—Randy Shannon helped Miami pick up the pieces of the Larry Coker era; Karl Dorrell posted a winning record at UCLA at the pinnacle of USC’s dominance—who have never been handed the keys to another program. There are two separate playing fields on football’s sidelines. It’s been that way from the beginning, ever since Willie Jeffries took the head job at Wichita State in 1979, becoming the first black coach in Division I-A history.

Contrasted with active white coaches, would a black coach have survived to see another FBS job following a scandal like Bobby Petrino at Arkansas or lying on his résumé like George O’Leary did with Notre Dame back in 2001? Would a minority coach even make it past the pseudo-controversy surrounding Mike Leach at Texas Tech? 
Would a black head coach get another opportunity after running a national power into the ground, i.e. Coker, Rich Rodriguez (Michigan) or Charlie Weis (Notre Dame)?

Jon Embree—and history—thinks not.




A decade ago, the NFL officially adopted The Rooney Rule, a hiring practice requiring all 32 teams to interview at least one minority candidate for open head-coaching vacancies. Since the rule went into effect in 2003, the all-time number of minority NFL coaches has jumped from six to 18. 

College football and the NCAA have no such rule.

FBS athletic programs—operated primarily by white males, according to a November study (and common sense)—act on their own accord during coaching searches, many of which end with predictable results. This past offseason, there were 30 head-coaching openings at the FBS level. Black coaches filled three vacancies; of the three, only Kent State’s Paul Haynes is a first-time head coach. Haynes is No. 42. Willie Taggart (South Florida) and Darrell Hazell (Purdue) were already a part of the list, having succeeded during previous stints at Western Kentucky and Kent State, respectively.

Somehow, according to the Black Coaches Association’s annual report card, hiring practices in Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), Division II and Division III are even less diverse than their FBS counterparts.

So, would a Rooney-Rule-esque mandate help alleviate the problem? 

It’s possible, but the NFL’s own program is far from perfect. While the overall numbers suggest progress since 2003, 13 general manager or head-coaching positions became available at the NFL level this offseason—all were filled by white men. As prominent figures such as Tony Dungy and Herm Edwards have pointed out, having the Rooney Rule provide a token interview is neither the intent nor the goal. Black coaches with superior résumés have interviewed for big-time college jobs before, too, only to be passed over for a lesser candidate. 

Initiating such a rule certainly would not hurt the chances for minority hires, especially if it extended to athletic director and coordinator positions. But, with the NFL’s numbers in decline as well, it’s impossible for the NCAA to follow by example in this instance.

In that November study, the Institute for the Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida found that 100 percent of FBS conference commissioner positions and 84 percent of athletic director positions, were held by white males at the beginning of the 2012-13 academic year. With an in-depth look, it was found that this trend trickled down throughout universities and their athletic departments.

In 2013, that select group calls the shots in college football—and it’s slanted drastically toward one extreme.

ESPN columnist Jemele Hill, recently addressed a similar issue during a live chat following the Content of Character forum, noting the prevalence of “economic racism” continually plaguing college football.
“(It) is an appalling statistic,” Hill said of Willingham being the only re-hired black FBS coach. “I think a lot of these athletic directors are, quite honestly, frightful that their donors and their communities won’t continue to support their schools financially if they hire a black coach. … So what I think they’re doing, though, is using their economic situation as an excuse to continue what I feel to be racist practices.”

 The numbers reflect a resurgence of such sentiments: there are 13 black head coaches at the FBS level entering the 2013 season, down from 15 in 2012 and 17 in 2011. While each coaching search needs to be evaluated on its own merits, the numbers suggest regression instead of progress.
Ironically, the on-field product suggests the exact opposite.



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Success typically breeds imitation in sports, positive results weighed more heavily than innovative practices.

In many regards, here is where the further decline in the number of black head coaches this offseason fluctuates between disheartening and confusing: the 2012 season was arguably the most successful campaign in the history of black FBS coaches.

The collective effort not only raised eyebrows, it made headlines. 

Featuring more minority coaches than ever—in other words, the largest single-season sample size of all time (18)—the success rates jumped off the charts. Two black head coaches (Stanford’s David Shaw and Louisville’s Charlie Strong) guided their teams to BCS bowl wins. Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin not only groomed a Heisman trophy-winner while leading a top-five team, but he did it in his first season at the helm in College Station. Another, James Franklin of Vanderbilt, took another step in one of the sport’s greatest turnarounds by leading the Commodores to their second straight bowl game.

It was a banner year, to say the least.

The payoff: two fewer black coaches will man the sidelines next season.

 Simply put, the black presence is too prevalent in college football to feature such a wide disparity between those running the show and those playing the game. African-American head coaches are succeeding at the FBS level like never before; the numbers need to catch up—and soon.



Watching Jon Embree’s press conference—the tears, the defiant and emotional tone, the weighted pauses separating difficult words—the increasingly desperate nature of black coaches in college football was appropriately personified. Forget his 4-21 record; Embree unleashed sentiments that have been pent up for decades. Equal opportunity exists only in theory on college football’s sidelines, not in practice, and at the heart of every important issue there comes a breaking point.

Sure, the possibility of a second chance remains. But it’s 2013, and that’s not good enough anymore. With the total number of black FBS coaches once again on the decline, and head coaching opportunities resembling little more than trial runs, the demand for accountability from college football’s hiring practices is approaching its tipping point: in a results-oriented world, athletic departments must start producing results.

Maybe it will take a national championship or a strict, enforceable Rooney Rule, but either way, there is too much conversation and pushback against the current state of minority hiring for drastic change not to be on the horizon.

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A controversial request for state money to erect a statue of former basketball star Leonard “Len” Bias at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville will be withdrawn due to concerns about the message the honor would send to students.

Bias was a popular University of Maryland basketball player who died 27 years ago from a cocaine overdose.

State Sen. Victor Ramirez (D-Dist. 47) of Cheverly said he decided to pull a $50,000 bond bill he submitted that would cover the costs of creating the statue after concerns were raised about hailing the athlete as a positive role model. Ramirez said he will try to bring the measure back next year.

“I am going to pull it and bring everyone to the table to make sure everyone is comfortable,” said Ramirez, who proposed the statue. “That is sometimes reality for issues such as this.”

Both Ramirez and Bias attended the Hyattsville school.

Mount Rainier Mayor Malinda Miles said she was opposed to the statue because she thought it would send the wrong message and felt there were greater needs to be addressed at the school with the bond money.

“To have died of an overdose of drugs, regardless of the reason or circumstances, is not something I would want my grandchildren to model,” Miles said.

Bias was the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year in 1985 and 1986 as a member of the University of Maryland, College Park, men’s basketball team. He was picked second in the June 1986 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics.

Days after being drafted, he died at age 22 in his campus dorm room after ingesting cocaine, which caused heart failure, according to reports.

Ramirez said he put forth the bond measure because he feels Bias still is a positive role model, particularly to minority students, who developed a connection to UM through him.

“I grew up with a Len Bias poster in my room,” Ramirez said. “He represented someone who could make it. He was one of us.

“I think it was a tragedy, but you can’t allow that one night to take away from who he was, what he stood for. I think he stood for giving people hope and giving kids who grew up in the neighborhood just like his hope that education, the University of Maryland — that college was possible.”

Ramirez, who graduated from Frostburg State University in 1996 with a degree in international relations, said Bias inspired him and his brothers to go to college.

Lonise Bias, Bias’ mother, stressed that the statue was Ramirez’s idea. But she said she supported a tribute that would put a positive light on Bias’ journey as a man coming through Northwestern and the lives affected by his death.

“If it comes to fruition, that is fine,” she said. “If not, we have made it 27 years without a statue. It would be a wonderful thing if it happens. If not, we understand about life.”

She said in her role as a motivational speaker, she has received numerous emails and letters from people who say Bias’ death changed how they view drugs and how to make good decisions.

Lonise Bias operates the Len and Jay Bias Foundation, which seeks to encourage youth to be positive examples in their community.

Students and teachers at the school mostly supported the idea of the statue, despite the circumstances surrounding Bias’ death.

Northwestern senior Iman Abdulrahiman, 17, said she supported the statue because it would highlight Bias’ positive attributes.

“Just because one part of his life was a little messed up, that doesn’t mean us putting up a statute is a promotion of that,” she said. “It is displaying the good part of his legacy, so I would not have an issue with that.”

John Johnson, 17, a senior at the school who plays point guard for the basketball team, said the statue would help to showcase Northwestern’s athletic programs.

“You got to set that aside,” Johnson said of Bias’ cause of death. “He was still great nonetheless.”

Northwestern government teacher Kevin Burke said other controversial sports figures have been honored in the past, noting that Baltimore Ravens officials have discussed erecting a Ray Lewis statue outside M&T Bank Stadium.

When two men were killed in Atlanta in 2000, Lewis initially was accused of murder. But, through a plea bargain, he was convicted of obstruction of justice and was placed on probation.

“Time heals all wounds, doesn’t it?” Burke said. “I think it could be a good thing to have the connection between Northwestern and the University of Maryland, which is good when it’s strong.”

Principal Edgar Batenga declined to give his opinion on the statue, but noted that other graduates of the school have been honored. In 2002, the arts wing of the school was named after Jim Henson, a 1954 Northwestern graduate and the creator of The Muppets.

“I think if it is something the community would support and the school system supports; I don’t think my opinion should stop that,” Batenga said.

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By TMZ

WNBA legend Chamique Holdsclaw has finally been hit with criminal charges for allegedly FIRING A GUN at her ex-GF’s car last year … and if convicted, she could spend 65 YEARS in prison.

We broke the story … Holdsclaw — considered one of the greatest players in WNBA history — was arrested in Atlanta last year for a violent encounter with ex-girlfriend Jennifer Lacy.According to the police report, 35-year-old Holdsclaw attacked Lacy’s car with a baseball bat and then fired a gun inside the vehicle while Lacy sat in the driver’s seat.

Now, Holdsclaw has officially been charged with 6 crimes — including 2 counts of aggravated assault, 1 count of criminal damage in the first degree, 2 counts of criminal damage in the second degree, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

If convicted on all counts, Holdsclaw faces up to 65 years in state prison.

As for what provoked the alleged attack, sources close to Lacy tell us she believes Chamique was simply pissed that the two had broken up.

Nick Saban Dismisses 4 Alabama Players from Team After Criminal Charges

BY RYAN RUDNANSKY (FEATURED COLUMNIST)

Four Alabama football players facing serious charges have been dismissed from the program by Nick Saban, according to Alex Scarborough of ESPN.com’s TideNation.

Scarborough tweeted on Wednesday:

Freshman safety Eddie Williams, redshirt freshman D.J. Pettway, freshman linebacker Tyler Hayes and redshirt freshman Brent Calloway are no longer with the Crimson Tide.

According to Al.com, Williams, Pettway and Hayes are charged with second-degree robbery after allegedly attacking and robbing two University of Alabama students on Feb. 11. Calloway faces one count of fraudulent use of a credit card. Williams was also arrested Sunday for gun possession without a license.

After their third championship in four years, this is the last thing the Crimson Tide need. You have to give credit to Saban for doing the right thing when there is so much pressure to win in Tuscaloosa every year.

Hayes played sparingly in 13 games and registered 14 tackles in 2012. Pettway recorded four tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. Calloway recorded eight tackles on special teams and rushed 10 times for 63 yards. Williams didn’t play in 2012.

This was Calloway’s second scrape with the law after being charged with second-degree marijuana possession in October 2011 (per Al.com).

It appears Saban has chosen to move on without these players, sacrificing some talent on the field but upholding the reputation of the university. While the four young men didn’t play much in 2012, they certainly had potential. Williams is a former 5-star recruit.

College football has taken its fair share of abuse for doing the wrong thing behind the scenes throughout the years. It’s good to know programs like Alabama don’t try to sweep things under the rug.

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For some teams with losing records that are fighting for playoff crumbs, the last month of the NBA season will be spent in semi-isolation, far from fun, focus or fans, with one possible exception.

 We’ll all rubberneck at the Sixers occasionally to see how much shine is left on Andrew Bynum when he suits up. Meaning: Does he finally have a clean injury slate after missing nine months, or is he washed up at age 25?

 “I’ll definitely be back this year,” Bynum said. “I don’t see any more surgeries. I definitely can’t get hurt by playing. That said, I’m focused on being back and being right than being rushed. Maybe a week, maybe two.”

 Here in the doldrums of late winter, there isn’t a more perplexing case east of the Los Angeles Lakers right now than the guy who spent his best years there. Bynum is a walking enigma, or maybe a limping one, depending on whether he reaches for a body part. He’s inching closer to making his debut for the Sixers and whenever that happens, there will be so many dynamics at work, so many things that can go right or wrong, and so much at stake for the player and the team, all in such a smallwindow. How can you watch a former All-Star still in his prime with his history of injuries and not wonder what the future holds?

 And it’s all about the future for Bynum because this season is shot. With the Sixers sure to put him on a short leash, at least initially, he won’t get enough burn to make a difference. He’ll be rationed the way Ricky Rubio was in Minnesota and Dirk Nowitzki in Dallas but he won’t have the cushion of three months to work with, as they did. He won’t play on the back end of back-to-back games. Also, he just started practicing last week, begging in on a five-on-five scrimmage. He’s not in basketball shape and coach Doug Collins said Bynum needs to lose weight. That’s why he’ll be brought along too slowly to give Philly a significant playoff push by himself, although if nothing else, that’s one way to reduce the odds of re-injury.

 “He said it felt good to be out there,” Collins said. “That’s what I took away from it. I don’t think there should be any bells and whistles that he’s close to playing. He says he’s going to play but the season is slipping away.”

 There’s a debate simmering in Philly whether the Sixers would be better off shutting down Bynum for the entire season, even if he begs to play, but that doesn’t do any good for the team or player. Bynum’s free-agent status this summer changes everything. This is different than Derrick Rose, who’s signed long-term; if Rose skips the season then no big deal for the Bulls. Even if Bynum is limited to the final 15 or 20 games, the Sixers need to see something that’ll help them reach a decision about him in July. They need to know: Should they hand him a contract or simply bail and write off the whole frustrating experience as an expensive and regrettable mistake? The Sixers haven’t made any public commitment either way, which could indicate that they’re not sure.

 Fate and crummy luck put Bynum and the Sixers in this mess together and they’re both looking for clarity about his knee issues. He’s had surgeries and setbacks and more surgeries and more setbacks over the last five seasons, enough to raise serious doubts whether he’ll ever play close to a full 82. But really, that’s the least of anyone’s concerns. First and foremost, the Sixers need to know if Bynum is a game-changer at center, or just a big and brittle body who’ll deliver some All-Star pop every now and then.

 “Just him standing out there in practice, he kind of distorts the whole practice, and you get visions of what might’ve been,” said Collins.

 Right now the Sixers, and really the entire NBA, have concluded Bynum will never be the picture of perfect health and that his knees will always give him problems, to a degree. That’s the safe way to judge him, anyway, and if he played any other position he’d be dismissed as too much of a risk. But size and centers remain in demand in the NBA and teams are willing to roll the financial dice if the player is good enough. Look at the interest in Greg Oden, who really hasn’t played in two years. Look at why the Sixers gambled on Bynum in the first place, even with his reputation for being hurt.

 In the three-way Dwight Howard trade, Philly surrendered Andre Iguodala, a solid defensive player and Olympian who only has one more season remaining on admittedly a substantial contract. And he wasn’t the most valuable sacrifice. They also gave up an emerging young big man in Nikola Vucevic, who’s fourth in the NBA in rebounding at 11.4, along with rookie Moe Harkless and a conditional No. 1, to Orlando. Right now, who in Philly wouldn’t rather have all that instead of Bynum?

 When you factor in the reality that the Sixers must sign Bynum, perhaps for decent money, in order to justify making the trade, it looks like a deal that could wind up horribly wrong in the big picture.

 But it’s still too early to reach any conclusions. First, Bynum’s return, however brief, must serve as a trial run. The Sixers have too much invested in him to completely dismiss whatever he does this season. They sorely lack what Bynum brings: low post offense and rebounding. He should flash those skills even with the rust of being inactive for almost a calendar year. There won’t be pressure on Bynum to carry the Sixers to that last playoff spot, but to show in spurts what he can do when healthy.

 “When you throw the ball into the post, and we don’t do that, there was like five guys on him at practice,” Collins said.

 Bynum has a lot riding on his return, too. If he doesn’t play at all, or very well, he’ll raise more red flags than Oden. Half of the teams who can afford him will sprint in the other direction this summer.

 “I have the most to lose by not playing,” he said. “I want to play. I know what I can bring. I can play with pain and there’s not as much of that anymore, although it’s there. It’s something you have to get used to.”

 The most logical way for the Sixers to approach Bynum’s free agency is offering a short-term contract, two years tops, with the club holding the option on the second year based on number of games played in the first. That protects the Sixers and also gives Bynum freedom and a measure of leverage in case he stays healthy and has a big season. If someone else offers more money and longer years with little or no protective clauses — in other words, if some team is that crazy or desperate enough — the Sixers should cut the cord and move on. They can’t afford a repeat of a broken-down Chris Webber or Elton Brand, two big men who cost them plenty and swallowed up the salary cap.

 Five months after the Howard trade shook up the league and changed the dynamics of the three teams involved, only one team is still on hold. The Lakers are at least getting something from Howard after back surgery — and he was an All-Star. The rebuilding in Orlando was made easier by Vucevic, and Harkless to a lesser extent. As for the Sixers, best anyone can say is Bynum has looked interesting in his strange and ever-changing hair styles.

 Now it appears he’s ready to return and reach two important goals: Make us pay attention to his comeback, and the Sixers pay for his future.

 

Posted by Chris Partlow

The biggest brawl pushing match of the NBA season thus far took place on Tuesday night between the Indiana Pacers and Golden State Warriors at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The fracas started between Roy Hibbert and David Lee and ended up with almost every player on the court in a tangled mess of pushing and elbowing all the way into the stands. Technical fouls were handed out to Hibbert, Lee, Thompson, David West and Steph Curry. Roy Hibbert was the only player ejected in the melee for his role in pushing Stephen Curry to the ground during the fight.

The average professional athlete in the United States makes more money in one season than the average American does in a lifetime.

Despite this, the pros are going bankrupt at an alarming rate.

The following infographic explores the reasons why so many of our sports stars are going from stoked to broke.

 

From Stoked to Broke Why are So Many Professional Athletes Going Bankrupt

 

 

 

by Glenn Erby | Posted on Monday, February 25th, 201

One of the keys to reigning supreme in the South Eastern Conference is signing the best recruits. In order to get those recruits to have establish relationships with them early in hopes of closing them later.

LSU and Alabama are not only two of the top programs in the SEC, but also in America. So it’s no surprise that both universities got the jump on recruiting 8th grade running back phenom Dylan Moses of Baton Rouge, (La.)

Moses received an early offer from LSU last season according to reports, and Alabama.com is reporting that Nick Saban made his offer to Moses during a Junior day event over the weekend.

The only thing is Moses is still in Junior high.

“We got the invitation to come to Alabama’s Junior Day a few weeks ago and to be honest we were kind of surprised,” said Dylan’s father Edward Moses Jr. “When we got there, Coach (Burton) Burns took us around and introduced us to the entire coaching staff and they all seemed very interested in Dylan. They treated him like a five-star recruit.”

“We met with Coach Saban after lunch and he talked to Dylan about his future and what he needed to do to achieve his potential as a student and as a football player. When he said he was offering Dylan a scholarship, we asked a lot of questions just to make sure we knew exactly what he meant. Coach Saban said the Alabama staff believes Dylan has a chance to be the best player in the country in the Class of 2017 and they were ready to offer him a scholarship. That’s when the fireworks started going off in our heads.”

Moses is already a 6-foot-1, 215-pound freak of an athlete, and as an either grader is bigger than most running backs in the South Eastern Conference now.

“He’s got most of his experience at running back and linebacker but I would like him to learn to play defensive back as well, though he might end up growing out of that position,” Edward said. “I think when you look at Alabama and LSU, they are two programs known for being the best developers of running backs and defensive backs in the nation so he really can’t go wrong either way.”

Moses will be attending University Lab High School this fall, which is about 800 feet from the LSU campus. It is that close proximity, that probably caused Saban to jump into the mix now for a player that will be in walking distance of Les Miles for the next 4 years.

“We aren’t putting any pressure on him with the recruiting process right now. I think the fact that this is happening so early for him is helping him mature a little quicker than most 14 year-olds would and I think that’s probably a good thing for him. Right now, all Dylan really knows is that LSU and Alabama are his favorites and he’s going to spend the next few years focusing on becoming the best player he can be. I don’t think he feels any need to rush his decision.”

The young man is only going to get better, and he’s the height and weight he is now, without having really established a weight program.

He is someone I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on for years to come. Here are some highlights of young Mr. Moses.

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