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LSU: News that is not news

And this week's winner in Biggest Waste Of Keystrokes ...


Really, who thinks it's a story, in the current college football recruiting environment, that an eighth-grader has "committed" to LSU? This isn't a story, because it's not a commitment. Not when it's the accepted practice these days for schools not to honor a young man's word when he says he's "committing" to this school or that.

I'm in the minority in this, I know, but I think that sort of behavior is sordid. And once upon a time, the schools themselves knew it. That's why a kid who committed early would invariably say he was doing so because he wanted the recruiters to quit calling.

Well, forget that. These days it doesn't even slow other schools down when a kid publicly commits somewhere. Until he actually signs the National Letter of Intent, it's still open season on him no matter what he says.

And so, there's no news here. LSU hasn't "landed" this young man. Odds are he'll de-commit at least once in the next five years, and probably wind up going to ... Alabama.

Sorry. I just wanted to hear a bunch of people in Baton Rouge scream.

Ben Smith's blog.