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Here is a great article about it: http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1028334-457/texas-am-move-on-cedric-collins-shows.html#
Friday, February 7, 2014
Texas A&M move on Cedric Collins shows there is hope for college sports
Everybody get up. Texas A&M’s football program deserves a standing ovation.
Don’t worry folks, it has nothing to do with Mr. Football, Johnny Manziel. Then again, not many Aggies fans are applauding his early departure for professional football, which officially takes place at May’s NFL Draft. He will likely be the No. 1 selection, drafted by the Houston Texans.
What the standing ovation is actually for has everything to do with loyalty and integrity – highlighted Wednesday on another national letter of intent signing day.
Locally, the biggest news came out of Nashua as South quarterback Trevor Knight locked in his commitment to play football at the University of New Hampshire.
Nationally, Texas A&M stole the show with Wednesday’s signings, as the SEC continues to dominate the college football landscape, securing seven out of the Top 10 recruiting classes. That includes three of the top four recruiting classes overall – 1. Alabama; 2. LSU; 3. Florida State (National Champion, ACC); 4. Texas A&M.
On paper, the Aggies are fourth in terms of athletes coming into College Station, Texas, this fall. Yet, they are clearly No. 1 for the signing of one particular individual.
Cedric Collins, a cornerback out of Skyline High School in Dallas, committed to Texas A&M just before the start of his junior year in August, 2012.
The thing is, Collins will never play one down for Texas A&M.
Collins lost feeling in his legs during a routine play against Plano High School, during the 2012 Texas Class 5A playoffs.
Originally thought to be a minor leg injury, an orthopedic surgeon eventually diagnosed him with Klippel-Feil syndrome. It’s a rare congenital fusion of vertebrae.
He will never play football again.
Despite the fact that Collins will never suit up for the Aggies, Texas A&M will be honoring his scholarship. A decision the school tweeted out (@AggieFootball) at 4:24 p.m. Wednesday.
The Tweet quoted head coach Kevin Sumlin: “Cedric Collins is a guy that committed to us early & I thought it was important we showed the same commitment #12thMan #SigningDay.”
Under no obligation to honor what was just a verbal commitment at the time, Sumlin notified the Collins family during a January 2013 visit that he would remain faithful to the scholarship offer as long Collins attended Texas A&M.
According to NCAA bylaw 22.214.171.124.1, if an athlete suffers injury or illness before his athletic participation and won’t compete again, he does not count against the institution’s maximum financial aid award limitations for current and later years.
But Sumlin and Texas A&M are taking a different approach, turning a negative into a positive for the once heavily recruited star, who will now work as a student coach at Texas A&M. His passion for football now transferring from performing on the gridiron to game planning and teaching as he hopes to eventually make coaching his career.
Texas A&M is proving critics of big-time college athletics wrong. These institutions are not all heartless, soulless entities leaving student-athletes in the dust if they can’t help win games on the field or generate income in the bursar’s office.
Sumlin appears to be a different type of coach than most who run elite collegiate programs.
Loyalty and integrity at a big school?
Bravo, coach Sumlin. Bravo, Texas A&M.
George Scione can be reached at 594-6520 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, follow Scione on Twitter (@Telegraph_BigG
1 month ago on MrSEC.com 2014 Signing Class Rankings
Good to see Texas A&M recruiting so well. In fact, their true average star rating is even higher than what you listed. Why? The Aggies signed a "mere" three star, Cedric Collins. But there is the thing: Cedric will never play a down of college football. His senior season in high school, after he had committed, he developed a medical problem that prevents him from competing on the grid iron. In a very classy move, Coach Sumlin said commitment runs both directions and he expended a scholarship on Collins knowing full well that he would never be able to make an on-the-field contribution on A&M's behalf. You have to ask yourself: how many schools would do that? How incredibly generous of Texas A&M in making it possible for this young man to secure a college education.
No ban. He tweeted and hour ago this:
ESPYs with @merimanziel @CoachSumlin @RSwope25 going to be awesome night
No need for him to completely give up twitter. He should just be very careful how he uses it. He must realize that he is under the microscope at all time.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Sumlin Won’t Say That He Forced Manziel Off Twitter, But He Did
@Blckdmndskr -- Hey, I am not saying it was not the case .... I am saying that he may have genuinely been sick. We don't know. But until someone with direct knowledge comes forward, I just think its poor taste to suggest that he did not participate due to a hangover. Now if actual facts come forth, well that is an entirely different story. In that event, Manziel is a public figure and would then be fair game, just as would be the case with any public figure.
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Johnny Football Vs Johnny Law: A&M’s Manziel Pleads Guilty To 2012 Misdemeanor
"That could, of course, be a matter of semantics as dehydration is typically what causes the feeling of being “hungover.”"
What is this -- some kind of gratuitous side swipe? That is entirely speculation.
This kid has had an incredible offseason. Traveling coast to coast for a wide array of events. I'd be surprised if anyone who has had the kind of active crazy schedule he does would not feel a little under the weather once in a while. He's a human being, not a robot. Plus, Mr. SEC should stick to the facts and reasonable inferences. There is no reasonable inference that can be made that he had suffered an alcohol related hangover. Yes, he has consumed alcohol on occasion. So have 99% of everyone in college. But to deduce that he may have had a hangover is just unfair treatment.
Let's hope there are no repercussions to appearing in a music video that the artist intends to profit from. These student athletes are placed in a tough spot: they are tremendously popular and yet they have all these people looking for ways to make a buck off of that popularity. Add to that they are just barely out of adolescence and thus most likely fairly easily manipulated. Bottom line is, I just want to see the best players play. It would be a shame to see a technicality prevent that from happening!
9 months ago on Andre Ware Repeats Message To Johnny Manziel: “Tone It Down”
John, you are really knowledgeable in this area so I thought I would ask you the question: is there any chance this created a problem for the Ags in terms of a NCAA violation? As you know, the rules prevent the use of a player's name or likeness for private business use. No doubt the artist, Granger Smith, is selling that song on albums, itunes, etc.
Great article, John. As usual, your insights are spot on.
All the stars aligned this year for A&M. A lot of it has to do with Mike Sherman. He was not the best of coaches at the collegiate level, but he was a heck of a recruiter and knew how to spot talent. He secured one of the best O-lines in college football and he is also the reason Johnny Manziel came to A&M. As luck would have it, the SEC West is not quite as powerful this year as in year's past, thanks in part to Bobby Petrino (cannot say why AU is down). Add to that the Aggies have a coach whom players would run through walls for to please. Sumlin is a phenomenal motivator and strategist.
Most spread offenses would probably not work too well against SEC defenses. But the one at A&M has fared very well. In fact, but for a could of mistakes A&M would be undefeated right now because they came very close to beating LSU and Fla. In fact, they could well beat both those teams in a rematch. Why? Because as the season has progressed, Manziel has improved exponentially (remember he is just a red shirt freshman). In Manziel the Aggies have a QB who uber nimble and quick and athletic, and thus able to pull off what many QBs could not: he can make the spread offenses work against the best SEC defenses. In that regard, you can say Sumlin is the luckiest coach in America. When he arrived at A&M he already had in his back pocket, through the efforts of his predecessor, precisely the ideal instrument to make the spread work against 'Bama and the other SEC powers. He had Johnny Football.
1 year, 3 months ago on Longhorn Fans Should Worry As Aggie Goldmine Opens For Business
To all of ya'll who said before the season that A&M would have a hard time adjusting to our great league: care for a piece of humble pie? The Aggies have been a near perfect match for the SEC from the get-go!
1 year, 3 months ago on Texas A&M Cracks The Top 10; SEC Has Six Teams In Top Half Of Polls