Starting this year, OVC Ball will no longer be reporting verbal commitments. While I realize in the past that was an important component of this site, we’ve made the decision to wait until commitments sign before reporting them.
There are two reasons for this: One, verbal commitments are non-binding. They can, and often do, change. When they do change, it can be difficult to find and edit the original posts to reflect the updated information, leaving our site with inaccurate information that can be easily searched.
Secondly, as Tom Via discusses in a great essay this summer, contacting commitments before they sign is an NCAA violation. It may seem small, it may seem unimportant, but we feel it is. By putting out information on verbal commitments, we feel that we are at some level responsible for contributing to that cycle. We tweet our stories, which get re-tweeted, which then lead to fans tweeting the players their congratulations, which is against the rules.
We realize that not reporting verbal commitments won’t end the cycle. That in the grand scheme of things, it might have little effect, as there are plenty of sources that will, and there are fans who simply don’t care about the rule, and think it meaningless.
But we’ve made a conscious decision not to contribute. As soon as a player signs a letter of intent, making the commitment official, we will run a player profile.
We apologize for the inconvenience, but hope you understand out new policy.