Posted by oldave on 5/12/2014 7:15:00 AM (view original):
i dont think the intentions were bad. and nothing really happened to make a big deal of in this particular case.
but in general i agree with jane here.
im not sure if its written anywhere as a guideline of fairplay, etc, but i think it is allways best to avoid any discussion that contains enough specifics that it is clear that it pertains to a current recruiting period. the only exception i would make is in a mentor type situation when the mentor is not involved in that division/world and that would obviously be a private communication.
so i guess im actually more extreme than jane... i think there WAS something wrong with the original intent of the thread, even though i realize that alton had no bad intentions and was asking an innocent question.
in general, i agree its dangerous, and should be avoided or approached very cautiously. the problem is having silence during recruiting in general sucks, as it is the most active time for most coaches, many coaches have commented they already feel compelled not to say anything and for many, that it puts a bit of a damper on the enthusiasm that comes naturally during recruiting.
i think craig kind of screwed himself, generally the d1 coach would probably assume that guy was going away, now he has to think twice. so i think that was probably a mistake, but looking at the response by tanner and further response by craig, it seems very innocent, with no additional exchange of information. the original post to me is the most dangerous, as information is revealed about a recruiting situation, which i suppose really is not allowed. however, people come on here to ask recruiting questions all the time, and i don't think that should be stopped. if it turns into the same coaches over and over, and they start to abuse a possibly loophole in the system... thats different.
all in all, i am not totally comfortable with exchanges between coaches during recruiting, partly because one innocent exchange i had about 5 years ago caused a couple people to get upset, and i guess things aren't always taken as intended. its probably better if these exchanges with both coaches don't happen... but i think they toed the line well enough, and im afraid the downside risk of being too hard of these things is to stop all communication during recruiting, which is pretty unfortunate, it seems to me. i think a black and white stance could be taken that this isn't allowed, that you can't ask questions during recruiting about recruiting, and a very small amount of "information spillage" could be reduced. is it worth it? that is where i struggle. on the whole, i think these types of threads are helpful to the OP, and generally, if someone gets hurt, its the OP, so i am not really for ending these kinds of threads in the absolute pursuit of no information exchange whatsoever.