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Father-son package deal for elite 2012 recruit?

Posted on: June 7, 2011 3:09 pm
Posted by Jeff Goodman

John Reese has spent the past decade as the head coach at Bryan High in Texas and no one has come calling. But now Reese has become one of the most attractive targets in the country for head coaches putting together staffs and filling positions – and has learned that he now holds job offers from Texas A&M, Texas Tech and LSU.

Reese is considered one of the top high school coaches in the state. He’s never had a losing season and has gone to the postseason nine of 10 years. But there’s a reason Billy Gillispie, Trent Johnson and Billy Kennedy are all in pursuit of the elder Reese now.

His son, J-Mychal Reese.

The younger Reese is one of the elite point guards in the country, a likely program-changer for all three programs. He’d be the centerpiece of what Gillispie is trying to put together in Lubbock, could be the savior for Johnson in Baton Rouge and would certainly help maintain Texas A&M as a legitimate national player in the post-Mark Turgeon Era.

Reese has the big boys in pursuit, programs like Kansas, Texas, Louisville, Memphis and Baylor. But could Reese and his father become the latest package deal? The elder Reese, according to a source close to the situation, could opt to make a move now, wait a year and go to the college ranks at the same time as his son – or take a pass and remain at Bryan High. If he goes to any of those three places, it may not be a lock that his son goes with him – but it certainly won’t hurt their chances.

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Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2011 3:49 pm

Father-son package deal for elite 2012 recruit?

This example just goes to show you that the whole system is broken.  Other than the POTENTIAL for impropriety, why should an accomplished coach not be allowed to take a job with a college program that his son is interested in.  If he goes, what is so bad about him playing for the team he is a coach at?  What if he is a glorified water boy, what if he works in some admin position at the school, what about being a professor, what aboutif they were at the position before the kid was recruited.  How many years before, 2, 5, 10?  What if the parent took a job after said kid went to school?  What if they have multiple kids?  There are too many scenarios to make a blanket rule and too many cases to handle one-on-one.

What if there is NO impropriety at all, is it fair that the kid can't pick school X because dad works there?

The bottom line is that kids many times want to go where their parents went because it is driven in their brain their entire life.  The other fact is that alot of times alums work at the school.  Its called having school pride....but somehow the only solution to prevent potential impropriety is to ban ANY association because you can't really "draw the line" anywhere.  Its sad, but really, I don't know how to fix it.

Since: Dec 21, 2009
Posted on: June 8, 2011 3:43 pm

Father-son package deal for elite 2012 recruit?

Exactly.  Glad one reader on here understands the rules and isn't just screamer cheaters (and I don't root for any of the teams involved with the kid).  The assistant jobs on a staff are a huge deal.  A head coach isn't just going to give one away to lure a player.  Back in the day, like you stated with the Wagner example, coaches could easily game the system and give parents/aau coach video coordinator type positions. 

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: June 8, 2011 3:36 pm

Father-son package deal for elite 2012 recruit?

You should post more on the rule.  Things changed after Milt Wagner and Memphis.  People with association can only be hired as assitant coaches.  They can no longer be put into the BS admin type roles (director of basketball operations and below).  If a staff is willing to give up a very important assistant spot thats a pretty big commitment. 
I actually have a close friend who was recruited by Cal, before he left UMass for the NBA, and is at another school now (having worked for Cal and other Cal disciples since). I visited him at Memphis while Milt and DaJuan were there. I can tell you for a fact that Milt did nothing but offer advice to the coaching staff and some light admin stuff (trading film with other teams and scheduling practices) while holding the title of "Coordinator of Basketball Ops". It was clearly a situation where Cal exposed the rules again and basically was paying Milt to sign DaJuan.
Now, if a coach like Cal hires a recruit's dad to be his 1st, 2nd or 3rd assistant, that's a different story. There is much more responsibility involved, and those positions have a huge effect ON the court. So I agree with you completely!

Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: June 8, 2011 2:57 pm

Father-son package deal for elite 2012 recruit?

I just checked player Reese's, the son, Rivals college choices.  He's only high on Kansas.  So chances are no better than 50-50 that he would want to go to any other school than Kansas, no matter where his father coaches. Texas A&M and Texas Tech hasn't given him any offers yet, but LSU has.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: June 8, 2011 2:52 pm

Father-son package deal for elite 2012 recruit?

Press and Pete in 1966

Since: Oct 6, 2008
Posted on: June 8, 2011 2:43 pm

Father-son package deal for elite 2012 recruit?

Sort of like Perry Watson becoming a Michigan assistant coach and bringing in players....MICHIGAN is just a flithy as everyone else. GO GREEN!

Since: Mar 6, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2011 2:42 pm

Father-son package deal for elite 2012 recruit?

Arkansas was not and is not and never has been under any investigation for hiring Malzahn or any of his players from Springdale.  That is a lie, get your facts straight son!

Since: Feb 17, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2011 2:34 pm

Father-son package deal for elite 2012 recruit?

I may be wrong, but I think there is a rule like that in place.  I know that Arkansas hired Malzahn as OC and then landed several top recruits from his high school team.  The NCAA was investigating them since it is against the rules to hire a staff member from a high school in order to sway the recruits in your direction.  I dont think anything ever came from it since they couldnt prove that the players came there just because their coach did.  Very hard to prove one way or another.

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2011 1:15 pm

Father-son package deal for elite 2012 recruit?

So if he takes the job this year he can't talk to his son except for on official recruitimg visits? LOL. Kidding about that but how can this not be a conflict of interest? Since he never has been offered a job before, it doesn't even pass the reasonable doubt test unless he takes a job and his kid goes somewhere else .How is this any differetn from AAU coaches negotiating jobs to get Beasley...umm I mean some kid to go to a particular school? Personally I think if the kid committs to a school and they want to also hire his father to mento the kid I don't have any problem with it, but it's tough to enforce the rule against someone else if you do this blatantly.

Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2011 12:32 pm

1GoBlue-you are wrong

Reese was offered HEAD coaching Football job at Suckeyes. Length of contract is dependent upon either how long younger Reese plays basketball or how long Suckeyes football program is on probation,whichever is shorter. My guess younger Reese will be gone before probation ends.

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