Elliott Porter made his side of the story public yesterday, which is a rarity because most guys that are cut like he was don't go public with the intimate details because they are still trying to find a place to land. This is why you rarely hear a player come out publicly about being cut. Porter, however, appears to be very upset with the situation and decided to speak frankly about what happened - kudos to him. Here are a few of his comments and based on his side of the story Les Miles screwed him out of a scholarship at LSU.
Elliott Porter woke up Tuesday morning planning on taking care of a few personal things and preparing for the start of pre-season camp in Baton Rouge, La., today. But a summons to Les Miles' office changed all of that.
"I got called to coach Miles' office. I had no idea it was coming," Porter said of his being asked by LSU to 'grayshirt' this season and re-enroll next year. "He just told me that they didn't have room for me. I moved out of my dorm today and I am now back home trying to figure everything out. It's been a rough 24 hours."
Porter goes on to make it clear that he understands now that football is just a business at LSU (see his comments after the jump). The fact that these kids are being conditioned to think that college football is just a business is only going to lead to further problems down the road. College football is not supposed to be a business, at least not according to the NCAA:
The NCAA espouses a collegiate model of athletics in which student-athletes participate in varsity sports as an avocation, balancing their academic, social and athletics experiences.
The NCAA is committed to the highest levels of integrity and sportsmanship, diversity and inclusion, amateurism, competitive equity and excellence in the classroom. The Association also believes in presidential leadership as the guiding force in operating athletics programs.
Sorry but we don't see anything in there about college athletics being a business. Note to the NCAA: Elliott Porter was screwed out of his scholarship because of the loophole in YOUR by-laws that allows coaches to accept more signed letters of intent then they legitimately have room for under the 85 scholarship limit. YOUR loophole allows coaches to hedge their bets against academic attrition and injuries, essentially giving coaches free rein to gamble with the scholarship numbers.
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Porter has received a release from LSU and is free to go to any school he chooses. In order to be eligible somewhere else, Porter has to win an appeal.
"I have to win a waiver, but it shouldn't be a problem," Porter said. "It's unfair how they told me at the last minute."
The unexpected challenge now is to revisit the recruiting process and decide what school fits Porter best.
"I am keeping it open. Tennessee is a place where I might end up," Porter offered. "I talked to Tennessee today. I haven't talked to coach (Derek) Dooley yet, but I know him and coach (Terry) Joseph from when they were at Louisiana Tech."
Porter said he heard from several schools Tuesday afternoon and didn't completely rule out accepting a grayshirt at LSU.
"It's a small consideration," Porter offered. "It all just happened today so I want to keep all my options open."
For now the most likely option appears that Porter will end up somewhere other than LSU, and he plans on having a decision made in the next couple of days.
"I want to be somewhere that I am wanted," Porter said. "I understand how things are going at LSU, and they didn't have room. To me what happened today wasn't fair. But it's how things go. It's a business. And I fully understand that now."
"I am going to go through it all again researching schools and talking to coaches. I plan on having a decision by the end of the week. So I can go somewhere and play right away."
Porter was ranked as a three-star player and the 14th-best player in the state of Louisiana coming out of Archbishop Shaw High School in the class of 2010.