When word isn't bond
We told you a few weeks ago about a lawsuit filed by a football recruit and his mother against the University of Hawaii, charging that the school reneged on an oral scholarship commitment made to the recruit, then apparently snatched back after the kid was told not to solicit or accept any other offers.
According to SI.com, the case has not been settled and, barring a change of heart from either side, it will apparently go to trial, sending a chill through most big-time athletic departments.
Simply put, if schools are unable to back out of verbal scholarship offers, then the fate of the western world, as we know it, will be at stake. Or, more likely, colleges and universities will have to be honest with kids and stop trying to hoard them away from competitors. And that's not necessarily a bad thing.