Tuberville comments on Ray Cotton

Tommy Tuberville likes Ray Cotton. How much? He compares the recruit to Jason Campbell. Here’s what he had to say watching a high school football game as reported by The War Eagle Reader:

HARWOOD, Md. — “He sure looks like Jason Campbell, doesn’t he?” Auburn Coach Tommy Tuberville says.

“He does, Coach. He’s even wearing his number,” I reply.

“He is, isn’t he?” Tuberville says, as Meade High School quarterback Ray Cotton (#17) wings a pinpoint throw toward our side of the field, falling incomplete 15 yards down the field possibly because of the young, chilled hands of a cold receiver.

A few quick questions, is that a public comment on a recruit? I didn’t know coaches could talk about recruits. (Can a blog even be considered a public comment? Was it even fair to Tuberville to report what he likely thought was a private off-the-cuff conversation?)

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Here’s the NCAA rule on public comments prior to signing day:

13.10.2 Comments Before Signing.

Before the signing of a prospective student-athlete to a National Letter of Intent or an institution’s written offer of admission and/or financial aid, a member institution may comment publicly only to the extent of confirming its recruitment of the prospective student-athlete. The institution may not comment generally about the prospective student-athlete’s ability or the contribution that the prospective student-athlete might make to the institution’s team; further, the institution is precluded from commenting in any manner as to the likelihood of the prospective student-athlete’s signing with that institution. Violations of this bylaw do not affect a prospective student-athlete’s eligibility and are considered institutional violations per Constitution 2.8.1. (Revised: 1/14/97)