Now that Moorehead is out at MSU, will the NCAA allow the guys who just signed in the ESP, to essentially take back that signing, and sign in the February signing period?
I’m not sure if it’s happened yet, but this is the first time I’ve been paying attention to a situation like this, in which a coach gets fired after the new ESP, when his entire class is signed to come play for him.
On the same note, I don’t know what the rules are about even contacting a signed player, I’d assume it’s the same as an active player, in that the coaches are not supposed to contact them on another team, even though they do.
The LOI does not have an exception for coaching changes. Moo U might give those kids a release, but as of now they’re committed to each other for a full year.
From the Letter of Intent website (they call it the NLI):
The NLI you signed with an institution remains binding if the coach who recruited you leaves the institution with which you signed. When you sign an NLI, you sign with an institution and not with a coach or a specific team.
I would expect anyone who wants a release will get a release. The optics of forcing the kids to come to MSU or sit out are terrible. Even worse, the internal workings of that team are apparently pretty shaky(your starting QB gets in a practice fight before the bowl and gets hurt, for example) and introducing new guys that don’t want to be there can’t be a good thing.
The new HC is going to have quite a challenge on his hands. The Mullens’ recruits are mainly gone, and who knows how many of Morehead’s recruits will hang around.
One would think that if a kid asks for a release based on this situation then it darn well had better be granted or it could get ugly. Last thing you want is added bad PR after a situation like this. I wouldn’t be surprised if several did ask for the release and it is granted with the NCAA allowing them to sign immediately elsewhere if they want too in next signing period. Especially kids that signed because of the relationship with the coach or coaches and not the school per say. Very very shady if not let out of NOI in my opinion.