OK, Florida State it’s getting a bit creepy at this point.
We get it; you’re sick of elite players getting your hopes up about the prospects of doing the whole War Chant bit while running out of the smoke-filled tunnel.
But c’mon, when athletic director Randy Spetman told the Tallahassee Democrat that the school does not intend to grant Booker T. Washington (Miami) linebacker Matthew Thomas’ request to be released from his National Letter of Intent it reeked of the possessive girlfriend who doesn’t know when it’s over.
What exactly do they plan to do?
Physically carry the country’s No. 1 linebacker, all 6-foot-3, 215 pounds of him, to Bobby Bowden Field and make him, not only play for your team, but also not pout, be a great teammate and refrain from being a locker room cancer.
Like Marco from Tropojë told Liam Neeson in Taken: “Good luck.”
“You’d get into a situation where if you release him, then people would be doing that every year,” Spetman told the newspaper. “We would be more than happy to release someone if there is a compelling reason.”
Hey bartender; no more pints of power for Spetman.
Why does Thomas want out?
He told the Miami Herald that he only picked the Seminoles because that’s where his mother wanted him to go. His preference is to play at Southern Cal or Georgia.
Don’t get me wrong; I get the whole “he’s got to be more responsible” and “be a man of his word” arguments, but the whole “Cliff Huxtable teaching Theo (Cosby Show) a lesson” thing is a bad look.
This isn’t the one you want to draw your line in the sand on.
If Thomas isn’t released he’ll have to go through the NCAA appeals process. If that’s denied, he would have to sit out next season.
At this point, he’s cost Florida State nothing but travel expenses they lose on every recruit that they don’t sign every year.
Florida State should apply the same logic I’ve learned when engaging in a heated fellowship with my wife: Even if I win, I lose.
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