Claude Felton is one of the most respected men in the industry, that industry being sports information. The Feltons of the world are the unseen guys on college campuses who assist the media with copious, valuable and inside information. They are underpaid and underappreciated. Guys like Claude might as well have their hands in the back working cartoon puppets like Dick Vitale.
Sorry Dickie V, you -- we -- would be nothing without them.
The senior associate athletic director for sports communications at Georgia, Felton, 64, has seen it all -- Herschel, Final Fours, 37 Georgia national championships. He has worked 17 NCAA national championship events and the 1984 Summer Olympics.
Claude Felton is one of those hard-working, unassuming media liaisons who may be adding a new, influential -- and startling -- job description.
"Did you know," Georgia AD Greg McGarity told a visitor recently, "Claude can now recruit?"
Such is the new recruiting world we live in. Such is a preview of a bold new vision of college athletics many can't comprehend. The NCAA is currently considering a series of proposals that would deregulate recruiting. The stance is that a large portion of the rules are unenforceable, silly even.