It was some prior incarnation of the Patsies, and it was Burger Day. Flown in from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, they were the best bison burger meat the Big Sky had to offer, along with bonus buffalo milk cheddar slices. The silky-tasting burgers, with the melted buffalo cheddar on fresh brioche, was a treasured memory. Even the grilled mushrooms on the top seemed opulent in some way.
He also remembered the Bison's mascot, sitting down on the bench, awaiting the announcement of Bucknell's recruiting classes, Bucknell students waiting with baited breath hearing each name.
(Or perhaps they were in Sojka Pavillion for Midnight Madness, or a midweek game versus Loyola. It's all a bit hazy.)
Nonetheless, it was still jarring to see a folder with coffee cup rings on it, "BUCKNELL" written on it in Sharpie and some numbers crossed out on it. What happened? Where were the burgers?
|This One Comes from Virginia|
It would have been so simple for Bucknell to make a press release, a tweet - something, anything - to announce their final ** recruit. Instead, it became a guessing game for the Committee to figure out the entire incoming class for the class of 2017 - waiting for the preseason roster to come out, with an official page for the recruit, to attach to this class their final points. The inclusion of this player was not without controversy - but in the end, the manila folder had a hand-written note to include him in.
PATSY POINT CALCULATION
QUALITY = 23. Only 8/20 recruits yielded Patsy Points, and without the inclusion of the final 20th recruit, the quality point level would have been even lower.
|Speed Is Good|
DL = 4 (of 4). Though it was possible to nit-pick here with the size of the incoming DL, the Committee saw the list of impressive pass rushers, and a huge defensive tackle, and concluded that a full meeting of the need was warranted. Again that latecomer, the 20th recruit, was the starred guy that put them over the top in this area.
DB = 2 (of 3). Bucknell got some serious numbers here (5 recruits), and also got a recruit with some very good speed (according to one of the recruiting services) Had one been starred, it would have likely been the full allotment.
The debate raged for weeks. "It's not on an official release," one Committee member said, "and we've denied Patsy points in the past without an official release, in ink."
Another one said, "It's freakin' 2017. Kids self-announce on Twitter, and if a school's social media forgets to announce their own recruit, so what? If we become aware of it, wouldn't it be wrong to deny them the points?"
"That's just it. If the school or the school's social media person doesn't care to draw up the release, or make the tweet confirming their existence, should that be rewarded? We can't be monitoring Twitter every day. Between the President's Tweets and Shaq's, who has time to hunt down every commit and almost-commit?"
Ultimately it was deemed that the fair thing to do was to include the very, very late recruit not recognized by the school. But it was also the just thing to do to adjust the class downwards - just a little - as a penalty for not reporting the recruit.
COMMITTEE ADJUSTMENT: -2
BUCKNELL - 53