Thread: Confirmed with Link: Reilly Smith signed to ELC, assigned to Dallas
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05-15-2012, 02:40 PM
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I think Joe saw himself in Smith, as well as a glimmer of hope in saving the season. He allowed his personal experiences to cloud his judgement, not realizing that making thejump from the NCCA today is a lotg different than it was 20 years ago. That was a mistake.

That being said, we still don't know if burning the ELC year was a provision for Smith to turn pro. And as has been mentioned before, 2 years till his next contract could make him cheaper in the long run. Burning the ELC isn't a huge deal, but Niewy's blind faith in Smith's ability to transition just because he did it was a bit disconcerting.

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