Posted by girt25 on 1/14/2013 4:08:00 PM (view original):
You want to make sure a kid will redshirt? Let him know when you're recruiting him. That seems fair and realistic to me.
What would be unrealistic is not to mention it during recruiting and just assume a kid will take it happily because you're not playing him. What actually strikes me as realistic is that a kid might get upset about not playing and want to transfer, that happens in real life all the time -- although WIS is kind here and doesn't make that part of the engine for freshmen unless you've already offered minutes.
Exactly. Usually the situation plays out like this:
1. Coach tries to redshirt player in preseason.
2. Player gets mad and says "no Coach, I don't want to redshirt, I want to play".
3. Coach sits the player on the bench and doesn't play him an entire minute the whole season.
4. Coach then re-offers the redshirt at the end of the season and gets upset when player doesn't accept.
In real life, instead of just refusing your redshirt offer at the end of the year, he'd say "Screw you Coach" and transfer somewhere else.