By Erik Carr
As Cal Poly Pomona’s winter quarter comes to a close, so do the
regular seasons of the reigning NCAA Div. II national champion
men’s basketball team and the women’s basketball team.
However, with the offseason fast approaching, that also means
the recruiting season is on the horizon.
In the past, college prospects were influenced into signing with
a university by a team’s name recognition and legacy, its coaching
staff and the quality of the amenities provided among other things
with minimal public resentment.
But in the present age of social networking, people are capable
of expressing public dissatisfaction when a college prospect does
not choose to commit to their school and one recent example proved
just how negative of an effect people can have.
Philadelphia (Miss.) High School senior linebacker C.J. Johnson
originally committed to Mississippi State. But after Mississippi
State’s defensive coordinator Manny Diaz left that team to take the
same job at Texas, Johnson rescinded his commitment and chose Ole
Johnson received a lot of bad remarks on Facebook for doing this
but that didn’t bother him. What did bother him though was when
people started a rumor about Johnson de-committing because his
mother made $100,000 for cleaning the house of an unnamed person at
Johnson denied the rumor about his mother.
While this example pertained to college football, it’s an
example applicable to any sport and one that should be regarded as
a lesson learned.
Anyone who follows college sports knows de-committing from a
school is one of those things a college prospect shouldn’t do. It’s
something he or she can do, but shouldn’t.
And while people are allowed to vent their frustrations freely
under the First Amendment, there are ways to do so in an ethical
What is not ethical, however, is starting fallacious rumors for
the purpose of getting back at an athlete for originally saying one
thing and ultimately doing another.
Although people via Facebook didn’t influence Johnson’s decision
for which college to play for next year, they did show how much
damage they are capable of causing.
So, with respect to the Broncos’ offseason recruiting efforts,
here are a few things the Bronco fans should do.
First of all, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say
anything at all, for now.
If you do have something mean to say, however, save it for the
games in which that player plays against the Broncos for the team
he or she chose over Cal Poly Pomona and say it loudly and
I guarantee he or she will have an off-game.
Secondly, starting false rumors will prove to have negative
effects in the long run.
If a local prospective player chooses another school in the
conference over Cal Poly Pomona, starting false rumors will give
that player not only the perception he or she chose a school with
more likable fans but also the impetus to play especially well
against the Broncos as a show of retribution for defaming his or
her character during the offseason.
Finally, leave the recruiting up to the coaches, the returning
players and the athletic department.
Simply put, they know what to do to recruit players and you
Here at Cal Poly Pomona, the Bronco fans should devote their
support to the baseball team and the men’s and women’s track and
field teams and let the men’s and women’s basketball teams do their
recruiting during the offseason with minimal hindrance.
Erik Carr, Sports Editor / The Poly Post
Women of Winter
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