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Tuesday / February 20.
  • Should Recruits be Released from Letters of Intent?

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    NEW YORK – West Virginia‘s Devin Ebanks and Xavier‘s Terrell Holloway are thrilled to be playing in the Sweet 16 this weekend. Truth is, they are both thrilled to be playing at their schools, period.

    Ebanks and Holloway, New York City area stars from the Class of 2008, both originally signed Letters of Intent to attend Indiana. But both – knowing that then Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson had already left one school (Oklahoma) for another (Indiana) – added provisions, saying they would be released from their commitment if Sampson were no longer the coach.

    Their concern about Sampson proved fortuitous. Sampson did not leave for another school but he was forced to resign in the wake of a phone call scandal. Both Ebanks and Holloway were released from their commitments.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

    • The rule was obviously put in because of Calipari. It prevents coaches from using their recruiting classes to “buy” another job. I think the incoming recruits should have the option of “decommitting” if the head coach leaves before they enroll. However, I don’t think they should be allowed to follow the coach unless they sit out a year. This prevents the coach from using his recruits as leverage to get another job and also gives the recruit a chance to go to another school that recruited him. It also would help keep schools(like Memphis) from having the rug completely pulled out from under them and losing their entire incoming class and basically the next season.