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11-28-2012, 08:16 PM
Join Date: Feb 2012
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How about us UND fans, or college hockey fans? Not that you should care, but UND lost JT Miller and Jones (2) first rounders to shady under the table deals. Who knows how many more. I think UND has had 4 or 5 back out in the last two years (Miller, Matteau, Jones, and Koules off the top of my head). It seems like magically at a certain time of the year 5-6 big time NCAA recruits back out of their college commitments to go play juniors. Most of the time it is a month or two before the season, so now a team has to fill a roster spot with a walk on.
As an NCAA follower this is awesome. They have been fighting an unfair recruiting game for a long time. This should make teams think twice about dumping money under the table.
jones never committed to UND - he didn't "back out" ... he was very clear to them all along that he hadn't made up his mind and wouldn't for sure until after he'd finished with NTDP. He told them that
he went to college he'd go there. UND could have told him "sorry, we can't wait that long, we're filling the spot with someone else" but decided that the risk of waiting it out and seeing him go to the WHL was worth the potential benefit of him going to UND.
it sucked about Miller...but it wasn't necessary a "pay off"...NYR probably pushed him into.
matteau was 9 months before the season not "a month or two" before. also, he went to the Q team where his dad was asst coach. you should be happy he didn't come...if you're familiar with his behaviour while in ushl/ntdp...you wouldn't have wanted him. he would not be a good fit for the ncaa.
koules was not a big loss for UND...be serious.
btw, you're naive if you don't think there's underhanded behaviour re ncaa recruiting
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