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CBS Sports's Bruce Feldman is reporting that former Notre Dame commit Eddie Vanderdoes will appeal to play at UCLA this season because a severe family illness has made him want to stay close to home.
Vanderdoes has family in the Los Angeles area, which is about a seven-hour drive south of his hometown in Placer, Calif. This was among the reasons I was told he had his change of heart while the scenario was unfolding in late May.
Former Notre Dame signee Eddie Vanderdoes, the five-star DT recruit, who earlier this week announced that he was headed to UCLA, will make the case that extenuating family health circumstances have played a role in his desire to go to college in his home state of California, a source told CBSSports Saturday.
This post was edited by Dan Murphy 10 months ago
If the relative was diagnosed with the illness last winter, then it sounds like he is using that as an excuse, otherwise, he would have picked UCLA in the first place.
If this is truly the case, then it is a much better excuse then just home sickness
Disregard, the article says this winter so I guess it could have been after signing day?
I would find it hard to believe that Notre Dame would not release him if it truly was because of a family illness. Looks like an attempt at making ND looking like the insensitive bad guy. Why didn't he just say so in the first place? Why all the secrecy? Why the pre-statement about a statement drama? A "I really want to be close to sick/dying family member" would have ended every and all speculation. Call me a cynic, but I don't buy this vague excuse at all.
I would tend to agree with you. I know he approached the NCAA about getting out of his LOI and was denied. I am assuming he filled them in on this illness at that time. If so and they turned him down, I am not sure why he would expect the result to be different this time. If he did not fill them in on the illness during his earlier attempt it would make you wonder why not.
For the record, I do not want to see kids trying to get out of their LOI left and right if this sets precendent as that may very likely create a circus down the road. But I also couldn't care less if he plays for UCLA this year or not. He is not Irish so whether he is on the field or not means little to me as I will not follow him.
I call BS. No way ND doesn't release him and no way the NCAA doesn't release him if it was such a dire need. Pathetic. Someone should tell him that 5th cousins don't count.
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Why not go to Cal or Stanford
I agree, im saying home sickness was an awful excuse and makes no sense if hes going to UCLA which is 7 hours drive.
I'm sure their really is a family illness but it's not the reason he's flipping schools. What doesn't make sense to me is why go to UCLA instead of Cal or Stanford?
What I think happened is UCLA Coaches got in his ear and flipped him and now he's just using Granny as an excuse. If granny is so ill isn't it a good thing that he won't be playing football for the Ruins next year?
Now he can go spend those Saturdays with Granny.
I bet he knew about Grannys sickness well before NSD.
who cares. he's gone. hope his family member gets better.
It is extraordinarily difficult to evaluate anything or anybody
without at least a modicum of correct information. Case in point:
one Edward Vanderdoes. Now look: earlier this week, we had a
entire thread on this board devoted to ostensible reasons EV
wished out of his NOI------
-----ND didn't offer his sister a basketball scholarship;
-----ND's position coach didn't come clean on where we
wanted him to play;
-----ND did not hire his personal trainer;
But, the most discussed reason involved a purported dinner conversation
where EV let it be known that Brian Kelly had promised to "go to bat
for him" re: an academic issue and BK reneged, that therefore Brian Kelly
was "hated" by the team and was an Irish reincarnation of Lane Kiffin.
This last "reason" was politely but firm labelled for what it is (not
to be repeated on a family-oriented message board).
Now, comes this report, with obvious timing and geographic
problems written all over it as pointed out by numerous
posters on this thread.
On the date of EV's announcement he would enroll at UCLA,
I penned that for ND and the rest of us, "le comedie il est fini."
Well, I was totally wrong that EV would pass lightly into history;
it may not be finished but the only apt word for Eddie, his family
and now the gullible media is the word I used that day---this
is without doubt a new, original "comedy central."
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by hemy 10 months ago
don't get it guys. If he had an illness in the family, why didn't he say this in the first place.
Because it's not the real reason. The article said in Early Winter they found out about the illness. Then he commits to ND in February. The NCAA doesn't let him out of his NLI. My guess is the relative is someone who he doesn't have much contact with and they're telling the Family to use the illness as the reason because it's better then the lame reason he has now.
Geez they better not give it to him.
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Im sorry ive heard so many things its turned into a peter crying wolf scenario. Im tiref of these kids today not honoring a commitment. The family dynamic has changed to a whats in it for me now deal. Good riddance to him and all his excuses. He doesnt deserve to get a notre dame education or set his waffling feet on that gloriouz campus!!!!!!
Eddie, we hardly knew ye.
Actually, we don't know him at all. First of all, best wishes to whomever is seriously ill. Secondly, I would like to approach this without the bitterness of a scorned suitor. I like to cut young people slack as they navigate their way through some challenging decisions. That being said..... I am not fond of "serial committers." And this entire scenario is filled with smoke and mirrors masquerading as explanations.
I thought EV was/is a enormous talent at a position of dire need for the Irish. However, he has planted seeds of doubt. He may turn out to be every bit as spectacular as he projects from film. Or he may be overly developed and already near his ceiling. Frankly, I miss him less every time I read something about him, and that's not sour grapes. Red flags are red flags, wherever they occur.
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