Did Brandon Knights “Aid Agreement” Signature Change The Game?

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Brandon Knight, 2010 Kentucky commit, well maybe, signed an “Aid Agreement” rather than the traditional “Letter of Intent”… Did his signature change the face of College Sports?

Michael Rosenberg of SportsIllustrated.com gives his opinion. Excerpts below |

Two weeks ago, word spread across the country: Brandon Knight, one of the top high school basketball players in the country, had signed a Letter of Intent to play at Kentucky.

But he hadn’t.

Knight signed an “aid agreement,” which is a different animal entirely. It means that Kentucky owes him a full scholarship for next year. This has been widely reported as Knight “committing” to Kentucky.

But he didn’t really do that, either.

Knight did not commit to anything. If he was truly committed to Kentucky, he could have signed a Letter of Intent, like virtually every other top player in the country.

Nobody knew quite what to make of Knight’s pseudo-commitment. He said he was going to Kentucky, he signed something with Kentucky … it seemed like a technicality.

But it isn’t.

Knight gamed the system. The whole point of signing with a school is to enforce a two-way commitment.

By signing an aid agreement, Knight forced Kentucky to make all the vows. The Wildcats are committed to him, but he is not committed to them.

This is perfectly legal, and my first thought was: Good for Knight. Every year, coaches sign a batch of recruits, then bolt for another job and the recruits don’t find out until they turn off the Xbox and see the news stream across the bottom of their TV screen. Players don’t have much power in college sports. Knight found a way to take a few chips away from the house. Good for him.

Why?

My parents advised me to do it,” Knight told the Lexington Herald-Leader when he committed to Kentucky. “I’m not sure why.”

I asked Knight’s high school coach, David Beckerman, why Knight signed an aid agreement instead of a traditional Letter of Intent. He said “I don’t know” and also “I don’t know why” and not much else.

I don’t care how many people say they don’t know why Knight did it. Somebody knows why. You can bet that several people know why. They are just keeping their mouths shut about it.

So: why?

Well, rumors follow John Calipari wherever he goes, like mosquitoes in a swamp. The rumors are not always true, of course — that’s what makes them rumors. Many are not true. But one prominent rumor is that Calipari will leave Kentucky for the NBA, possibly to coach LeBron James wherever LeBron ends up this summer. James, as you probably know, is buddies with William “Worldwide Wes” Wesley, who is Calipari’s … uh, friend. LeBron showed up at Rupp Arena this year, even wore Kentucky colors. He and Cal are buds.

Again: this is a RUMOR. But it might be the rumor that spurred Knight to make his unusual pseudo-commitment.

Full story at SI.com

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