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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Greener pastures?

Ole Miss coach Ed Orgeron should have learned a valuable lesson today.

Coach O's Rebels had a commitment from the No. 8 running back in the country in Robert Elliott. But O and his staff kept pursuing JohnCurtis running back Joe McKnight.

Now, really, did anyone other than Coach O think McKnight was going to sign with Ole Miss?

But Elliott got ticked off as the Rebels kept after McKnight.

So on when Wednesday, Elliott signed with Mississippi State. McKnight signed with USC. And Coach O went O-for on star running backs.

"Every day I’m taking that risk," Orgeron told the Associated Press. "I’m going for the best player. And we felt that Joe was an impact player, a Reggie Bush-type player, and that we had a shot to go get him."

If anything, recruiting is about evaluation. Evaluating players. Evaluating your chances to sign players.

Coach O did a poor job of evaluating that situation.


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