They do it so routinely each year, we don’t even blink as they jilt one campus and bolt for the next. We’ve turned it into a spectator sport, predicting which college coaches will fill which openings during the annual game of musical chairs. The incoming recruits and returning players left behind or waiting ahead? They’re just collateral damage. Nothing to see here, move along.
But imagine the confusion they feel when the coach who wooed them and pursued them is no longer part of the equation. Imagine the uncertainty when the one who coaxed, cajoled and convinced, pops up at another school for his introductory news conference. Of course players might want to reconsider their commitment, seeing how their coach walked away from his.