The 2010 Recruiting Class lived up to all the hype we had hoped for but not as we had expected. With the assistance of university administrators and the NFL, the Coaches Carousel waited until late December and early January to get us all excited.
Notre Dame started the coaching changes as expected before the New Year Bowls; but in the end, USC showed everyone how to upstage everything. It all played out more like an episode from IT TAKES A THIEF, with Florida’s Urban Myer resigning for health reasons (since they weren’t going to be in the National Championship game), causing a shock-wave that startled the CFB Nation.
Tennessee, feeling robbed, continued with episodes of wild rumors, clandestine phone calls, car crashes and great escapes while at the same time scaring away Lane Kiffin to Southern Cal, where such movies bring world acclaim.
Gerald Myers, AD at Texas Tech, refused to be outdone yet again by another bright coach; putting the wild west plains of Texas to shame with his whispers of deceit, foul play, malicious intent, abuse of power and shameful gun slinging. No doubt the losers in the aftermath of that fall out will be… We the fans.
Before, during and after all the coaching shuffles and the drama that went along with it, recruits were in harm’s way, dodging cheap shots and trying to figure out if they’d been kidnapped or hoodwinked.
What follows are 10 Top Recruits that dodged bullets and kept everything rolling en route to the institutions that pulled off their latest great grabs at each other’s expense.
Some would say... IT TAKES A THIEF