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Elliott Porter Speaks

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."

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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.

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  1. I’m still waiting to hear specifics on student athletes who were living up to all their responsibilities and wanted to stay at a school but were cut to make room for a better player. How about a few specific players? How about one? Where are all these victimized student athletes who need the NCAA to protect them?

    Oops! I’m sorry. This comment was intended for one of the other threads.

  2. You don’t actually believe anything the NCAA says about its “mission,” do you? Of course it’s a business! You know it, I know it, they know it, the players know it. I do agree with you that the rules should not permit Miles to do what was done here.

  3. There is no excuse for not letting the guy know where he stands. If there was a chance a guy that you think is going to be ineligable will qualify, leading you to grey-shirt another person, he should be told that up front and ahead of time. If he had, then this isn’t an issue – but the Hat being his well-documented self has once again bungled his organization.

    Still, the big question I have is “did Miles tell this kid that he potentially would have to grey shirt this season during his recruiting?” If he did then this is not an oversigning issue to me. If he didn’t then I’m with Joshua for once.

    On to another topic, what’s up with Bama? You still have their number at 3, but practice has started. Surely we’ll be hearing about them breaking NCAA rules with too many players any day now?

    • Yep and saban just announced that 3 guys won’t make it today. Imagine that.

      • Again, you misrepresent the situation as Wilson love and Ronald Carswell will be enrolling in time for Spring practice. If I believed your cynicism on this site, I would have expected Saban to kick two guys off the team instead of asking these guys to sit out this year. I watched Bama against Chattanooga last year and saw a lot of their backups play – there are certainly enough guys riding the bench that would be prime candidates for this.

        Unless you have evidence to prove that the greyshit possibility was not presented to these players, be careful in your criticism of Saban’s (and others) dealings.

  4. I notice you have changed what the story looked like earlier. You start out with a little slander until someone catches you on it, then you change the story.

  5. Hard to believe a “Michigan Man” would treat a kid this way… oh yeah, its not.

  6. My son went through this same ordeal as he had to get surgery during the summer before his freshman year preparing to get ready to start his firts year of college. He was already enrolled in summer classes and 500+ miles away from home. Both my wife and I did not let the school grayshirt our son but it leaves the student-athlete in a catch 22 where he wants to start school but the University(coach) does not want to follow through on its commitment to the young man. Our family was very frustrated with this situation as we found out our son was not a person just a number. My wife thinks we should write a book to document the ordeal our family went through in regards to this situation.

  7. Memo to LSU Fan:

    If finishing 3rd or 4th in the west is good enough for you keep Lie$ Mile$. 10 years ago maybe that would keep him safe as long as he went 8-4. Today? I suggest the Big Cigars put some cheese together because it’s only a matter of time for the Hat.

  8. “Sorry but we don’t see anything in there about college athletics being a business. ”

    Maybe you need to wake up and smell yourself. You are (or you could if you chose to) making money off the “business” of college football. You have created a website which apparently has receive over 7 MILLION visitors on the topic of college football.

    It is a business. There are playing consumers (fans) and there are producers (Universities, Coaches, Administrators, and Players).

    Do you think ANY of these players would have scholarships if they gave away all the football tickets an merchandise?

    IT IS A BUSINESS.

    Sometimes people get left on the outside looking in. It just so happens that Elliott Porter’s story is a little more heart-wrenching than most. I feel bad for him too.


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