- David Ubben, College Football
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Texas made headlines last week after coach Mack Brown spelled out his policy on Longhorns commits visiting other schools.
"What we'll tell guys, 'Don't commit to us unless it's over and you want to come.' Then the message we get, if you're committed to us and you're looking, that's a simple message, we're going to look, too," Brown said. "If we find somebody as good as you that wants to come, you're looking around, we'll take them. I think that's fair."
Brown's not the only coach who has that kind of policy, but is it the right move? Colleague Mitch Sherman weighed in with a column and asked around for players and coaches' thoughts on the policy that's gaining traction on the recruiting trail.
The policy seems to make sense on the surface. After all, college programs need to guard against the recruit who simply wants to reserve his spot in case nothing better develops. And the school's pledge to the committed prospect, in theory, provides insurance. If the recruit gets hurt, the coaches say they'll honor his scholarship.
Under closer inspection, the whole thing reeks of a certain hypocrisy and arrogance -- and, in the case of Texas, perhaps a hint of desperation.
To the programs who want to fall in line behind the Longhorns in this 2014 recruiting cycle, proceed carefully.
It's an interesting look at a complicated issue with varied implications for every program in the country. Give it a look.
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