Recruiting takes many forms at various levels of scholastic athletics.
There’s the public pursuit of recruits, complete with bundles of mail, personal visits to high schools and trips to campus. There’s the less-heralded recruitment of junior college players, too. And there’s the in-the-shadows gathering of talented individuals to stock programs at even the lowest levels of the sport.
We haven’t really heard of blatant attempts to hijack players from established Division I programs, though. That brings us to Oregon State’s apparent mailing blunder:
My apologies for our players not being able to attend your Spring game. Ours was the same day, bad timing. Quick question, in the 203 years of coaching, none of you realized you couldn’t actively recruit another school’s players? Sent to campus? #leakydam #sloppybeavers pic.twitter.com/2djcmgFbLH
— Nick Rolovich (@NickRolovich) May 4, 2018
Nick Rolovich is the head coach at Hawaii and is evidently peeved Oregon State would send recruiting materials to, well, student-athletes who have already been recruited and made their decisions to attend his school. His annoyance is understandable.
The real gold in this lies in Rolovich lamenting the unfortunate scheduling conflict of spring games, with Hawaii’s and Oregon State’s falling on the same day. “Bad timing,” Rolovich tweets with just the right amount of sarcasm.
Surely this is an error on the part of those mailing recruiting material, but what a comical one it is. Here’s to hoping a valuable address-labeling lesson is learned here for all involved.