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Saeed Blacknall Commits to Penn State. Who Can Blame Him?

This was inevitable, and probably had a hand in prolonging Flood's tenure at RU.

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

This is what happens when you don't have the balls to do what is necessary. This is what happens when you're worried about what people will think about your program. You have a coach who doesn't have a single clue or idea on how to run a BCS level program. The right decision would be to fire that coach when you know he isn't the right person for your program. Hoping things get better usually doesn't work out. You need to be proactive, and you need to make the difficult decisions when the time is right. In case you're wondering why this rant even exists, this was seen on Twitter just a couple moments ago:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I have officially committed to THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY <a href=";src=hash">#WeARE</a>....</p>&mdash; Saeed RaaShad (@RaaShad_TTG) <a href="">January 27, 2014</a></blockquote>

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There was a time when certain individuals wanted to keep Flood in order to keep the recruiting class intact. That was a laughable proposition when I first heard it due to the rash of decommitments suffered by Rutgers. If recruits decommit and leave right after the other, what recruiting class is there to save? You might as well fire the coach due to the inevitability of not having a class in the end.

I don't mean to be disrespectful to the current class of prospects, because I know they are hardworking players who just want to play football for the great State University of New Jersey. They might even go on to be the best group of players to ever suit up in Scarlet. However, the fact of the matter is that the blue-chip recruits who decided to decommit were replaced with lesser ranked players. The coaches lost their prospects because these recruits found out that they are a second class staff who couldn't even hang in the AAC, and they decided to take their talents elsewhere. I have all the hope in the world that the players who decided to commit and stick it out with RU will become great players, but it's hard to ignore the loss in talent.

This is the consequence when you don't make the tough decision when it is necessary. Giving a lame duck coach another year when he doesn't deserve it can set the program back even longer, and it starts with losing talented players like Saeed Blacknall. We thought that the first year in the B1G would be tough, but the reality is that the hard years have already begun before a down is played in the new conference.