Today is National Signing Day, which means the college football world will come to a standstill to watch high school prodigies make their selection from a lineup of hats
, in one of the dumbest traditions in all of sports. The selected hat represents the college program the athlete has chosen to play for.
How do those athletes come to choose their respective hats/programs? Through overly aggressive, out of control college recruiting. This year, it started when Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh slept over at a kicker's house
, which was Harbaugh's way of letting rival coaches know, "it's on." Not to be outdone, college coaches across the country stepped up to see who could stoop the lowest to win over recruits. Horrendously-awkward dancing
(Nick Saban, Alabama), stadium sledding sessions
(Dabo Swinney, Clemson), and celebrity meet and greets with Condoleezza Rice
, who all
the kids are raving about these days (David Shaw, Stanford), were just some of the flashy tactics used to draw in recruits. The whole process feels like watching someone jingle car keys in front of an infant... you just feel embarrassed for all parties involved.
This act of portraying a totally fake, buddy-buddy/coach-player relationship needs to end. A typical college athlete, or even a high-profile professional athlete, will never spend time palling around with their coach, dancing the day away only to cap it off with a football-shaped cake
. It's ridiculous, and a bit weird, to see how much effort these grown men put behind impressing these high schoolers