Florida State hires father of nation’s No. 1 football signee

This kind of slipped under the radar a few weeks ago.

At the beginning of July, the father of the nation’s No. 1 recruit for 2012 was hired by Florida State — the same school where his son signed a football scholarship.

Was this a package deal?

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Defensive end Mario Edwards of Denton, Texas, was ranked No. 1 by ESPN and signed with FSU over Texas and Oklahoma last February.

His father, Mario Sr., was announced as FSU’s director of player development earlier this month.

Naturally, the hiring has created speculation that it was a so-called “package deal.” Is it even legal for a college to hire the father of a recruit?

ESPN’s David Hale wrote about the issue in this article, pointing out “This is something of a gray area according to NCAA rules, which officially forbid any direct or indirect financial aid given to players or their family members, including employment, according to article 13.2 of the NCAA’s Division I football bylaws.”

Hale also mentioned that family members of basketball recruits aren’t allowed to be hired by an athletic department within two years of a recruit’s enrollment, unless it’s for a coaching position. More from Hale’s story:

The player development director job is not officially deemed a coaching position at FSU, but Edwards will work closely with the coaching staff.

According to a Florida State spokesman, the university worked closely with the NCAA during the hiring process before Edwards was brought on board, and the NCAA offered no significant obstacles. “His hiring would have gone through compliance anyway, but extra proactive steps were taken since his son was a student-athlete,” the spokesman said.

In fairness to Mario Sr. and his qualifications, he was a star football player at FSU and played five seasons in the NFL.

To read the rest of David Hale’s ESPN article, please click here.

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DawgNole

July 30th, 2012
9:07 pm

Beast from the East
July 30th, 2012
8:10 pm

DawgNole,
How do you call an honest mistake a lie? Maybe that confusion explains your blog handle.
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Honest mistake? Hardly. More like you were so anxious to post something derogatory about FSU that you didn’t bother to read CAREFULLY before posting–and thus once again made yourself look like a fool.

And now you and the insufferably arrogant Tampa gator are getting off on my blog handle? Who cares what it is or what it means? It’s what you post that matters, and what you post is BS.

At least Tampa gator–unlike you–was honest enough to acknowledge that there’s “NO STORY HERE.”

You might want to spit out a little more of that Jameson before trying again.

Beast from the East

July 30th, 2012
9:31 pm

DawgNole,
Call it a lie if it makes you feel better. And I did not post anything derogatory about the Clown College in my first post. They don’t need my help to look foolish.
Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the ACC. But hey, at least you can take pride in the fact that Bobby can claim the wins title…thanks to a pedophile and his enabler. Kudos!

Bull

July 30th, 2012
9:31 pm

David Hale is the best beat writer ever. Still wished he covered the Dawgs

Beast from the East

July 30th, 2012
9:32 pm

Can a DawgNole woof and war-chant simultaneously?

DawgNole

July 30th, 2012
9:51 pm

Beast from the East
July 30th, 2012
9:31 pm

DawgNole,
Call it a lie if it makes you feel better. And I did not post anything derogatory about the Clown College in my first post. They don’t need my help to look foolish.
Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the ACC. But hey, at least you can take pride in the fact that Bobby can claim the wins title…thanks to a pedophile and his enabler. Kudos!
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I called it a lie because that’s what it was. Doesn’t make me feel any better. You’d do well to take a lesson from your Tampa pal, who DIDN’T tell a lie when he said there’s no story here.

“Clown College”? Nothing derogatory? Yeah, I see.

A pedophile and his enabler? That’s what turns you on? Like I said, you better get off that Jameson; it’s not doing you any favors here.

DawgNole

July 30th, 2012
9:54 pm

Beast from the East
July 30th, 2012
9:32 pm

Can a DawgNole woof and war-chant simultaneously?
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This one can’t.

Can a drunk get on a blog and make himself look like a fool?

Paul in NH

July 30th, 2012
9:54 pm

Looks like CFB is getting more like college b’ball every day. At least Press Maravich and Ed Manning were actually coaches when they were hired.
Heck, next thing you know there will be the football equivalent of AAU basketball – probably just playing 7 a side to showcase the “skill” positions.

Paul in NH

July 30th, 2012
9:57 pm

“Is it even legal for a college to hire the father of a recruit?”

I am pretty sure it is legal – unless the NCAA rules have superceded the Constitution of the USA.

Beast from the East

July 30th, 2012
10:15 pm

I’m not drunk. Just laughing at a fool defending a some clowns.

iTiSi

July 30th, 2012
10:34 pm

Heck, this happens in high school football all the time. Wasn’t it just last year that a certain high school coach hired a kid’s dad so he could get him a really good QB?

Coach

July 30th, 2012
10:42 pm

The Crimanoles of 1/2 ars u

Tampa Gator

July 30th, 2012
10:58 pm

Read today that the Gators are looking at 23 or 24 signings this year…..thinking that Ealey, Floyd, and Jenkins will turn pro after their jr years….the graduating seniors….and a few transfers they are expecting after this year….for lack of playing time and lack of potential playing time next year. Those last three spots I believe are being held for
1. Demarcus Walker (who many believe is almost a Gator)
2. Marcel Harris (hard to belive his dad will let his son go to Texas or anyone else over Florida)
and
3. Tunsil…..(who will probably pick between the Gators, Dawgs, and Bama on National Signing Day)

Tampa Gator

July 30th, 2012
11:03 pm

Beast….

Also….I find it amazing that Muschamp has almost filled his 2013 class before the start of the 2012 season….and already has two big time commits for the 2014 class. The man and his staff can really, really recruit….and they will prove this year to Dawg and Bama posters on here that they can really, really coach as well. Can’t wait to the start of the season.

Tampa Gator

July 30th, 2012
11:04 pm

Beast….

Not Nag a Nole too much……..whatever that means.

Tampa Gator

July 30th, 2012
11:05 pm

Don’t Nag a Nole……

A person SMART enough to know......

July 30th, 2012
11:33 pm

Nag a Nole? Isn’t that a FSU fans wife?

Bigboy

July 31st, 2012
12:06 am

Well if Hershel had a son who signed at UGA and Hershel was brought on staff,NOBODY would be on here saying anything about it.

ALABAMA FOOTBALL

July 31st, 2012
1:40 am

Definitely package. And legal. ncaaZis need to work that out. Doubt it happens. Lawyer once told me the only explanation for the ncaaZis rollercoaster, and unexplainable penalties, is that they’re on the take themselves.

Merv

July 31st, 2012
5:56 am

It was definitely a package deal. Mario Jr was going to LSU and when he called Jimbo to tell him the news he offered daddy a job.

DawgNole

July 31st, 2012
8:03 am

Beast from the East
July 30th, 2012
10:15 pm

I’m not drunk. Just laughing at a fool defending a some clowns.
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Defending “a some clowns”? What’s “a some clowns”?

There you go again, hittin’ the Jameson. Obviously not a good idea–particularly in your case.

Rational One

July 31st, 2012
8:14 am

Mario Edwards is an alum for FSU. It would be no different than FSU hiring Derrick Brooks or Warrick Dunn. All have pedigree and all have the football knowledge to succeed in the job. It has never been a package deal. Mario Edwards, SR has always remained close to FSU and a big part in the Booster program. He was this involved when his son was playing Pop Warner in Texas, so to think this is some “package” deal is laughable. UGA has John Eason as their DoPD. He is an alumn of FSU. I guess if he has a son who goes to UGA, then we should throw red flags on it as well??
MEJr was heavily favoring Texas more than any other school. He visited FSU during his junior year in high school. His dad was great friends with Lawrence Dawsey (current WR coach), Terrell Buckley (DB coach), Deion and several other alums who are involved with FSU today. His dad was on the FSU visit and his dad was on all his other visits. There was nothing out of the ordinary with his recruitment. After MEJr visited FSU, he said he loved it and wanted to follow in his dad’s footsteps. He wanted to be a legacy player. At that point, he was a silent commit. He caught tremendous pressure to stay in state (Texas) and he heavily considered Texas. With Manny Diaz (FSU alum) as DC at Texas, there was a strong FSU connection there as well. Mack Brown is also an FSU alum. He came very close to staying in Texas and with good cause. LSU and all his other trips were just that–a young man enjoying trips.
I really don’t see where the issue is here. If we hired Bobby Brown for player development, then that’s an issue. But, to hire an NFL alum, with long standing ties to your program, in an area that has significantly declined in the past 10 yrs (under Bowden), I guess that is just deplorable. Some people will see what they want to see, but there is nothing here.

DawgNole

July 31st, 2012
8:18 am

Tampa Gator
July 30th, 2012
11:03 pm

Beast….

Also….I find it amazing that Muschamp has almost filled his 2013 class before the start of the 2012 season….and already has two big time commits for the 2014 class. The man and his staff can really, really recruit….and they will prove this year to Dawg and Bama posters on here that they can really, really coach as well. Can’t wait to the start of the season.
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Pretty bold prediction for those Dawg and Bama posters. We’ll find out soon enough if your confidence is warranted. Richt and his staff can “really, really recruit” as well–as can Fisher and his staff. Hasn’t yet translated–in either program–to the ultimate prize. Muschamp has a long way to go to prove he’ll be any better.

DawgNole

July 31st, 2012
8:34 am

Rational One
July 31st, 2012
8:14 am

Mario Edwards is an alum for FSU. It would be no different than FSU hiring Derrick Brooks or Warrick Dunn. All have pedigree and all have the football knowledge to succeed in the job. It has never been a package deal . . . .
I really don’t see where the issue is here. If we hired Bobby Brown for player development, then that’s an issue. But, to hire an NFL alum, with long standing ties to your program, in an area that has significantly declined in the past 10 yrs (under Bowden), I guess that is just deplorable. Some people will see what they want to see, but there is nothing here.
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There is no issue. Yours is a “rational” post that will be understood by most–including Tampa gator, who pointed out as much in an earlier post.

Sadly, “rational” won’t work with “Beast,” who simply wants to take potshots at his school’s upstate rival–so much so that he distorts and invents material from the original column in a feeble attempt to justify his groundless, imbecile claims.

GA - Gator

July 31st, 2012
8:50 am

Not surprising from the FL State Criminoles

RTR22

July 31st, 2012
9:12 am

Tampa Gator we can agree on this report as it is a non issue, but you know DW is rolling with the Tide lol…….

joe

July 31st, 2012
9:13 am

Smells to high heaven…NCAA just booked their tickets to Tallahassee…

ckgator

July 31st, 2012
9:39 am

Bowden may be gone, but the behavior at FSU continues. Not at all surprising.

RxDawg

July 31st, 2012
9:42 am

Cheating is so rampant right now. The NCAA continues to do nothing. The cheaters continue to win (well, not all of them). I want to do things the right way, but it really sucks to look around at all our neighbors and what they get away with.

ckgator

July 31st, 2012
9:48 am

DawgNole is a funny handle. Split loyalties beget great confusion. The Latin translation…

DawgNole (CanusIndus) = of or pertaining to underachievement coupled with a longing for the past. A feeling of confused self relevance (canus), and willingness to cut corners to achieve results (indus).

Tampa Gator

July 31st, 2012
9:51 am

RTR22…..

Walker and Muschamp spend a lot of good times together at FNL….and he also hung out with all his Jacksonville buddies (all three commits to Florida)….and had a great time. But he did not commit….so that does give Bama hope…I agree. But I know he has been told that the Gators will hold a spot for him in this year’s class….and he said he fairly much knows where he is going. He just has to decide if he wants to play out of state….a long way from his family…..or play about an hour away from his home with his three best friends. I would say that senario makes him a sure lock for Bama……NOT.

Tampa Gator

July 31st, 2012
9:55 am

…..I also read on Scout that Tenpenny is now going to take other official visits……..suddenly…..hummmmmm….is Saban losing his magic touch?

ckgator

July 31st, 2012
10:01 am

RxDawg is right. Too many shenanigans in CFB today. What Auburn got away with 2 years ago is up there with the steroid era of baseball, and the “look the other way” attitude in letting those bogus records stand.

-Everyone agrees the money was offered for Newton. But as long as he didn’t know about it, go play.
-PSU – punish the guilty to the fullest extent. But punish the innocent as well?
-Miami – how is this still dragging out?
-USC – whatever sanctions are in place, are not effective. Kiffie is a great recruiter in a weak conference. So the guy with the lowest level of integrity in CFB perseveres because the NCAA addresses the wrong areas.

We all love our teams, but its a dirty world out there.

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DawgNole

July 31st, 2012
12:20 pm

ckgator
July 31st, 2012
9:48 am

DawgNole is a funny handle. Split loyalties beget great confusion. The Latin translation…

DawgNole (CanusIndus) = of or pertaining to underachievement coupled with a longing for the past. A feeling of confused self relevance (canus), and willingness to cut corners to achieve results (indus).
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Split loyalties, yes. But no confusion at all. Just happen to have attended both schools and pull for the teams of both schools (especially against your gators). Strong family ties to both.

The two (FSU & UGA) seldom meet in the Big 3 men’s sports, which makes it somewhat easier.

David Granger

July 31st, 2012
12:24 pm

Just one of those coincidences, of course…no quid-pro-quo at all.

Alphare

July 31st, 2012
12:26 pm

This is the same thing like UGA signed Crowell’s friend last year.

harold

July 31st, 2012
12:53 pm

THE NCAA NEEDS TO LOOK AT THIS.

TK

July 31st, 2012
1:38 pm

The Criminole term is old. Very old. Look at the arrests records for the SECheats and Fulmer Cup standings and get back to us. Arkansas currently in the lead and the SECheats have won it 2 years in a row. UF and UGA have lead the nation in arrests over the past 5-6 years. The SECheat Conference has had at least one team on probation since the 1950’s.

Fisher runs a very clean, albeit not perfect, program and that’s a statistical fact.

G-Dawg

July 31st, 2012
1:46 pm

Beast and Tampa….having another case of diarrhea of the mouth. Taking turns pulling handjobs on each other while sporting their Tebow jerseys!!

DawgNole

July 31st, 2012
2:46 pm

harold
July 31st, 2012
12:53 pm

THE NCAA NEEDS TO LOOK AT THIS.
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They already have, dope. As stated before, the school worked with the NCAA to ensure that the hire was compliant. Read the blog before you post your nonsense.

Atl Nole

July 31st, 2012
3:04 pm

Tampa,

Not much love for the Gators, but thanks for setting the record straight!

Sasquatch

July 31st, 2012
3:52 pm

I don’t think there’s really a story here, dogs. Would Jimbo be that stupid, as Paul Johnson would say?

Dawg1966

July 31st, 2012
4:19 pm

LOL – college athletics are so CLEAN. and, we wonder why the players misbehave . . . we can’t hire your father, but we’ll give your brother or best friend a “free ride – LOL

Beast from the East

July 31st, 2012
4:57 pm

DawgNole,
Do you feel the need to insult everyone that has a difference of opinion? It’s one thing to voice your opinion or call someone out for posting something that isn’t factually correct, but you continue to call people names like dope, liar, etc. I used to respect your opinions because they are usually pretty competent, but I have no use for the name-calling. I made a personal commitment a couple of years ago to try to refrain from it. Call me out when I post something inaccurate, but I’d appreciate it if you did so without the childish name-calling. That said, I’m all for some good-natured ribbing of all things UF, FSU, UGA, etc.
Fair enough?

Dawg Bite

July 31st, 2012
5:19 pm

Would someone please tell me why these recruits commit to a school, then take visits to other campuses? Seems to me that they got it backwards. Why not take all of the trips, then do the commit thing after seeing the other programs. I have to wonder, just how strong is that commitment when they have not yet signed on the dotted line?Also. I have to wonder when these kids say they want to see what someone else has to offer. Just what are they expecting, a better auto, more $, sharper threads,? I guess that I am a bit in the dark on this. I always thought they wanted to go to a certain Univ. because of playing time available at their position, the coaching staff, and just maybe some concern for academics. I guess that I got it all wrong, as most talk about seeing what the “deals” are about.

Beast from the East

July 31st, 2012
5:34 pm

Dawg Bite,
My opinion on the players that keep taking visits is that they are just like people who have job, yet continue to keep their resume posted on the job sites. They aren’t truly committed in the sense of the word. Think they may have learned that from all of us adults that have switched jobs and been divorced?

Andy

July 31st, 2012
5:51 pm

I know UGA would never do anything like that with the HOLY ONE Saint Mark running the Program.but, In the mid 80;s Edgar Chandler who was class AA lineman of the year at Cedartown High and later An All American at Ga. and went on to play pro ball at Buffalo.. Course I know it was just a coincident that his Hi School coach Doc Ayers was hired as freshman football coach at UGA. that same year.Had to be a coincident Just had to be!

Dawg Bite

July 31st, 2012
5:52 pm

Beast, I guess that you may be right. The culture of today certainly seems to encourage that. My Father worked for the same company for his entire career, 47 years, and same wife, 50 years,until his untimely passing. I hate to admit it, but I did neither during my career. So, I guess we should expect this “waffling” on the part of todays youth. Doesn’t mean we have to like it though, does it?

Dawg Bite

July 31st, 2012
6:06 pm

Andy, man if UGA had the likes of a Edgar Chandler, Royce Smith, “Moonpie” Wilson, “Cowboy” Parrish, etc.,we wouldn’t have to worry about UGA having a great offense. Those guys just blew their opponents off the ball down after down.Why can’t we get those type OT’s and OG’s like we once did? You may be right about the good “Doc” Ayers. He did show up on the staff at UGA about the time Edgar did. He was a good guy, and a good coach. My high school played Cedartown every year and his teams were always well coached and tough to beat.

Beast from the East

July 31st, 2012
6:13 pm

Dawg Bite,
Same thing with me. Dad worked at one place his entire career. They’ll also be celebrating their 50th anniversary in a couple of years. Me? Been married twice and working for a third company in the past 10 years. Sometimes it’s not easy to look in the mirror to see why today’s youth doesn’t have the same values we THOUGHT we had.