OT - Has recruiting media finally jumped the shark?

Submitted by Blue in Paradise on March 3rd, 2018 at 10:03 AM

An article is making the rounds that Shaq's son Shareef has been receiving threats since he decommitted from Arizona due to the whole ESPN report cluster&uck.  I am sure there is nothing serious in there but it is still unnerving that people are taking this too far.


A lot of fan bases have gone after kids that decommitted or chose a rival over their school, but I think this is the first time I have heard of a kid actually getting threats.  Maybe this has happened in the past but nothing that I could remember.

Anybody who is older than 30 can remember a time where 99% of the fan base had no idea who the freshmen were each year until they actually got on the field / court.  The only recruitments that I can remember from my HS / college days (1990s) were the Fab 5, Jerrod Ward, Peyton Manning (because of his dad) and Drew Henson.

I like following recruiting for the same reasons as the rest of the MGoBloggers but could these "threats" finally be the tipping point?  Probably not, but the idea of people threatening 16-17 year olds over their college choice is true insanity and should make the industry reconsider the direction it is going in.




March 3rd, 2018 at 10:10 AM ^

Internet tough guys and trolls will threaten everybody over everything. It’s not going to change anything and they should just be ignored.

In short, people are stupid.

Mr Miggle

March 3rd, 2018 at 10:13 AM ^

While we're at it, we could also blame the internet. Without it fans would consume far less recruiting news and it would take more effort to make anonymous death threats.

M and M Boys

March 3rd, 2018 at 10:19 AM ^

I don’t feel so bad about the several hundred messages I sent in ALL CAPS to that Whack Job LeVar Ball telling him NOT to transfer any of his kids to M I C H I G A N.....
And, for the record—I only sent a few hand-written letters to Archie Manning...

CRISPed in the DIAG

March 3rd, 2018 at 10:16 AM ^

Going back to the early 80's I remember certain prestige recruits getting mentioned in the freep and news (eg, Antoine Joubert). But there wasn't a day to day update until a few years into the internet.

Mike Damone

March 3rd, 2018 at 12:30 PM ^

As a kid, I remember when Michigan got Tim McCormick's commitment.  Was a really big deal.  

Has gotten a little crazy, but that is partially due to internet and info moving at speed of light.

Strange how everyone seems to suggest how insane everything is these days, compared to the "old days".  The differences arent that big - technology has just changed significantly and speeds up and spreads communication and people's opinions a lot faster...


March 3rd, 2018 at 11:01 AM ^

until picking up the recruiting magazines over the summer and seeing where Athlon or Lindy's or whoever had them ranked. When I finally splurged for a subscription for The Wolverine (the paper version), it was such a huge deal when the final recruiting issue came out in early summer-- wow! bios of the incoming class! rankings! excitement! 

And ALL of them had already signed with Michigan.


March 3rd, 2018 at 10:56 AM ^

Call it "Troll Hunter" and have the producers join up with attorneys and victims of threats to obtain court orders directing ISPs/websites to turn over IP addresses so online abusers and harrassers can be exposed.

Most are likely not sophisticated enough to completely cover up their footprints; perhaps exposing a few would prompt some cheddarbrains sitting in their mom's basement contemplating sending death threats to reconsider.

M_Born M_Believer

March 3rd, 2018 at 12:31 PM ^

Where the only information you received on a recruit was in the newspaper that came out August 1st for the incoming class.

Then the evolution started with the USA Today and Athlon / Lindy mags.

It was a more peaceful frame of mind back then, but you also had no idea who anyone else got.  You just assumed that Michigan would get the best recruits based upon the fact that they would consistently clean house in state.....


March 3rd, 2018 at 1:10 PM ^

Its not the fault of the recruiting media. Its just one more example of how social media is tearing apart the fabric of society. It makes us more hateful then ever. People and ideas that should never see the light of day become mainstream. Faux outrage permeates society. The downfall of western civilization will be the socialists and social media.