Fresh off his humiliation of the Mexican Jewish Men’s Basketball Team and overall triumph at the Maccabiah Games, Bruce Pearl had to return stateside to the harsh reality that the crown jewel of his recruiting class for 2010, Josh Selby, had opted to reopen his recruitment. Now, I happen to think that Selby just went through the same issues as the good looking girl who moves to college and starts dating the first guy who shows an interest in her, only the guy’s friends all know there’s no chance it lasts once she realizes what’s out there for her. They’re really all waiting to try and get with her after she inevitably breaks it off with the loser guy. It’s just the natural progression of things when a kid realizes that he’s committed to Tennessee, and there are schools out there that are men’s basketball schools that he could maybe play for. Pearl spoke with Andy Katz in Orlando Monday and discussed the Selby decommitment:
“Now, student-athletes have a right to do what’s in their best interests.
“And if they think it’s in their best interests to open up their recruiting and look at something else, then they should do that because I don’t want somebody that doesn’t want to necessarily play for us. And I think every mother or father wants what’s best for their kids. And if I’m not what’s best for their kids…then that’s fine. Then you go find somebody that is.”
So if a kid wants to go to another school, that’s kosher, according to Pearl. It seems, however, that the Orange One thinks something a little fishy might have been going on with Selby, and he doesn’t like it. To continue the crude metaphor, Pearl’s main problem is with the other guys that may be Facebooking the new girl or sending their friends to let her know they might be interested if she gets rid of that pesky boyfriend. Pearl also touched on this:
“I think as coaches, we want to ethically make sure that if a guy’s got a commitment, leave him alone,”
I think the big thing is…Once I see a guy committed, that’s it. No more phone calls. You don’t put it out there, ‘In case we had interest, would you open up your recruiting?’
“It’s over, leave him alone.”
You don’t have to be a world-class sleuth like me to figure out that he’s probably talking about our beloved Coach Cal. Even the untrained, like yourselves, likely came to the same conclusion. So, what does this all mean? Potentially nothing. Unless Selby comes to Kentucky. Then it means a lot. Like, we’d be getting one of the best players in the class of 2010. More importantly, since we’ll be beating up on Tennessee with or without Selby, we’d get to watch Bruce Pearl’s ‘Shades of Orange’ anger alert level jump from Ticked Off Tangerine right up right up to Perturbed Persimmon and the UK/UT rivalry would reach an astronomical level. Now, for some reason, Coach Calipari doesn’t seek my input very often when it comes to roster and recruiting issues, but can’t we sign this kid just based on the fact that it’ll irritate the hell out of the Vols? Please Coach? Can we?