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"I guess you've just gotta find something you love to do and then... do it for the rest of your life." - Max Fisher
Paul Mainieri = 328-135 ovr (70.8%), 119-89 SEC (57.2%), 21-10 NCAA (67.7%), 3 CWS App., 1 National Title
I can't recall a time when so many great players left a team early. I feel for you guys.
If Faulk goes, I have to believe there is more to it than just money. These lower draft slots do NOT offer "guaranteed" contracts longer than one year. I believe a few are getting chitty advise. Do they think they are the only talented Jrs in the country? I believe a couple may not get drafted at all, then what the hell do they do? We'll see how this shakes out and what it will mean in the future. Does this reflect on Les as a recruiter of "student-athletes"? Or is LSU becoming just another football factory? And do we really want that?
This exodus is awful fishy smelling. When an OL wants out and there are probably at least 20 OL that will go before him, that means bottom round and very little Guaranteed money or come back and prove yourself with a chance to make a butt load more, I've got to raise a red flag.
Half of these guys are not "great" players.
I have not heard M. Ford is going to the NFL, is he thinking about it or has declared
I will not stand for this, and I'm not going to take this sitting down.
Proud to support everything Louisiana
I was really trying to convince myself that all of these early exits were only because of the desire to play in the NFL, but after hearing about Davenport possibly transferring I can't help but believe there is something else. I get the impression there is frustration with the coaches (maybe just Les). They don't see next year being any better so they're moving on to the next level (or Tulane) even if it's not the wisest thing to do. There really is no good reason for some of these guys to leave early. The only reason I can think of is they're upset with the program in some way.
Hopefully I am wrong. Hopefully, if I'm right, all the players keep a smile on their face and don't say anything to hurt the program.
This post was edited by BawlinNawlin on 1/8/2013 at 9:12 AM
I look at this as being a RARE class of guys that have played extensively since they were freshmen. Les has done an excellent job over the last 4-5 years of playing guys from the start and when they produce he stays with them. These guys have been on national TV countless times and more often than not have great games on the big stage. Since Chavis has been here he has really brought in and STUCK WITH his style of recruiting which has given LSU a solid "next man up" mentality. He recruits for speed over size on D and loves run blocking lineman.
This particular group foregoing their senior seasons for the most part can't improve their draft statuses by playing an extra year (Chris Faulk excluded) I do see LSU as the football factory it SHOULD be with the talent from the state of Louisiana yearly. Sam Montgomery specifically said he came back to teach the younger guys the ropes b4 he departed. I see that type of cohesiveness among the LSU football program as a whole. Also I notice more guys have come back to complete their degrees as well. The overall feeling I get from this exodus of players is a positive one going forward because I feel that they think that they have left the program in good hands with their understudies/replacements.
Good first post.
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