Not that I have to remind the Friar Faithful out there, but the Keno Davis era had many terrible things about it. One of those re-occurring nightmares featured highly ranked players backing out of their verbal AND WRITTEN (like on official papers with fancy pens) commitments. It was downright maddening, to the point that I wouldn’t blame any Friar fans for being a little weary of getting crazy excited over the re-verbal (look for this in the Oxford Dictionary, 2012) of Ricky Ledo. Like Tommy Callahan once said:
“how do you know the [verbal] fairy isn’t a crazy glue sniffer? “Building model airplanes” says the little fairy; well, we’re not buying it. He sneaks into your house once, that’s all it takes. The next thing you know, there’s money missing off the dresser, and your daughter’s knocked up. I seen it a hundred times.”
However, we are in a completely different situation with the Ed Cooley era because of one simple word: Trust. When Kris Dunn committed last month, he had this to say about the Providence College Friars coach.
“ Cooley is a great guy and I trust him.”
When Ricky Ledo pledged to the Friars once again on Labor Day, he said this about Coach Cooley:
“I trust coach Cooley. He’s one of the reasons that Providence can get back on top.”
Was stuff like that ever said by Naadir Tharpe, Joe (F$%#face) Young, Joe (F$%#face) Young’s F$%#face father, or Ricky Ledo (the first time)? I don’t think we have to worry this time around. As long as Ledo can get his academics in order for next year, there are going to be some wild times ahead for Friartown. Recruiting brought hope to the Welsh and Davis years only to see everything fizzle out, but I trust the outcome will be different this time.
(image courtesy of Kiwi Gardner on Twitter)
Here is the roundup around the web and social media about Ledo’s re-commitment.