- Jan 29, 2015
I know you're not necessarily suggesting holding onto the scholly long-term, but I have seen others suggest it. In general, anyone who entertains the notion of saving a scholly is identifying themselves as ignorant to college basketball and VCU in particular. We have at least 5 scholarships opening up next year. Saving an additional scholarship for next year is madness. Pocketing that scholarship for two additional seasons is even crazier. Scholarships are one year agreements. Yes, some of you here would prefer them to be 4 year commitments. But they're not (at least not yet).As for the Byrd scholly, we’d do well to put it in our back pocket, let it marinate, allow awareness of the scholly to circulate thru the recruiting circles. It could give some kids reason for pause, reconsideration, re-evaluation.
It's always better to give a scholly that opens up this late, even if it's on a 'flyer'. Not to raise the stars debate, but you never know how a prospect may develop. If you have an open scholarship, it's okay to burn it for a season on a chance. What we as a fanbase need to understand, is that not every vcu-signee will spend 4 years at VCU and not every player will get significant burn. We can still support our players both as athletes and people while recognizing the situation.