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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Devil's Advocate

July 30th, 2012
12:59 pm

Charlie Hayes

July 30th, 2012
1:02 pm

Big deal. He is now on staff for his former Alma Mater. People are stupid and react to the dumbest things….This guy is qualified for the job. Enough said.

Tigers00

July 30th, 2012
1:03 pm

Not surprising from F$U. Yes, daddy played football but NO CHANCE he gets the chance if his son doesn’t sign there. NONE. Zilch. Zero. No way

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

July 30th, 2012
1:07 pm

FSU is still FSU. They haven’t changed.

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

July 30th, 2012
1:08 pm

Question

July 30th, 2012
1:12 pm

Is that the same David Hale that used to cover UGA for Columbus and Macon?

Delbert D.

July 30th, 2012
1:13 pm

A gray area? Isn’t this one of the unfair competitive advantage things?

78 Dawg

July 30th, 2012
1:16 pm

Why didn’t it work when we hired nkimdieche’s coach?

TK

July 30th, 2012
1:23 pm

He’s FSU alumnus and NFL experience…for crying out loud. If he had no experience or no ties to FSU then write the article. Talk about making something out of nothing.

PAAWWWLLLL

July 30th, 2012
1:28 pm

What is the big deal? Cecil Newton is still on Bobby Lowder’s payroll.

Ken Stallings

July 30th, 2012
1:30 pm

In most professions it is considered uacceptable as a violation of nepotism policy. The NCAA should clamp down on the practice. It is unethical, especially in the context of attracting a player to play for the same school.

Charlie Pell

July 30th, 2012
1:33 pm

If you aint cheatin you aint tryin!

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

July 30th, 2012
1:42 pm

Charlie Pell…….what does your wife think about that attitude?

KennyP

July 30th, 2012
1:43 pm

and in totally unrelated news, a resume for someone named Nkemdiche just popped up on the jobs board at clemson.edu

gt4ever

July 30th, 2012
1:52 pm

and who is surprised? I mean we are talking FSU…..

--- Bitter Spoiled Recruits---

July 30th, 2012
1:52 pm

Not as GRAY as NICK THE SLICK SABAN’S —GRAY SHIRT AREA—-

————–FSU will flame out this year and JIMBO FISHER will be fired

clempson loose’s there coach due to lack of wins and pay for play

———tenn-ur-say says good bye and good ridance to dooly due right!!

———-and of course====GAYTURD NATION has a major melt down and kicks

————-mustache to the CURB—–GOING TO BE A GREAT YEAR

IQ of a Turnip

July 30th, 2012
2:09 pm

“clempson loose’s there coach”

LOL

Beast from the East

July 30th, 2012
2:12 pm

I get he is an alum and has strong ties to the program, but to be hired within 14 days of his kid signing is what looks bad. You would think someone at the university would have realized that and maybe delayed the hiring by a few months to avoid the bad press???

Stephenson Supporter

July 30th, 2012
5:29 pm

Its the same package deal clemson has with grayson coach

Paddy

July 30th, 2012
5:31 pm

No big deal. Lets move on and play the games.

DawgNole

July 30th, 2012
5:41 pm

Beast from the East
July 30th, 2012
2:12 pm

I get he is an alum and has strong ties to the program, but to be hired within 14 days of his kid signing is what looks bad. You would think someone at the university would have realized that and maybe delayed the hiring by a few months to avoid the bad press???
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. . . hired within 14 days . . .”?

Carvell’s column says the kid signed in February and the father was hired in July.

Hello?

Son of Sammy Davis Jr, Jr

July 30th, 2012
5:49 pm

That doesn’t pass the smell test at all. I wonder how long that position will last if his son doesn’t produce?

Tdawg

July 30th, 2012
6:00 pm

Paddy it is a big deal. It’s called CHEATING. Another paid and bought for player by FSU. I see ole Fisher did learn a few things from Bobby. FSU, the Auburn or the ACC. You know your program stinks when you have to cheat to win the ACC.

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Pitbull

July 30th, 2012
6:03 pm

I wonder if Jimbo Fisher will end up having a motorcycle accident with Dad riding on the back some Sunday afternoon?

What will Jimbo’s wife say?

Pad is a schmuck

July 30th, 2012
6:05 pm

it is a big deal Pad for Brains, that’s the same comment you made about Michael Vick ..who pled guilty to his dog torture crimes only because defense attorneys got hold of video showing Vick laughing and approving dogs beings tortured…

I wish AJC would ban you from all blogs

FSU should just have loaded $180,000 on a debit card like Auburn did, same difference, but hey Mark Emmert was more concerned about $312 worth of clothes with tags still on it hanging in the athletic dept’s closet

theTruth

July 30th, 2012
6:24 pm

Perhaps someone should mention that Rueben Foster’s mom just started her new job….

Just sayin’

Prometheus

July 30th, 2012
6:48 pm

Larry Brown did same at KU when he signed no 1 recruit out of NC, Danny Manning, then hired his father as asst coach.

Topp Dogg

July 30th, 2012
7:01 pm

Hey man where is my new shoes bees at?

DawgNole

July 30th, 2012
7:03 pm

Beast from the East
July 30th, 2012
2:12 pm

I get he is an alum and has strong ties to the program, but to be hired within 14 days of his kid signing is what looks bad. You would think someone at the university would have realized that and maybe delayed the hiring by a few months to avoid the bad press???
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“. . . hired within 14 days of his kid signing . . .”?

The column says the kid signed in February and the father was hired in July. Last time I checked, that was a little more than 14 days.

DawgNole

July 30th, 2012
7:15 pm

Tdawg
July 30th, 2012
6:00 pm

Paddy it is a big deal. It’s called CHEATING. Another paid and bought for player by FSU. I see ole Fisher did learn a few things from Bobby. FSU, the Auburn or the ACC. You know your program stinks when you have to cheat to win the ACC.
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“. . . paid and bought for . . .”? Huh? What does that mean?

Did you even bother to read Hale’s article? Obviously not, based on your writing (in)ability. It clearly states that the school worked with the NCAA to ensure that the hiring was compliant.

Quit making up crap.

LakeDawg

July 30th, 2012
7:52 pm

A package deal like this is a sign of weak coaching. FSU coach feels the need to do this, because he doesn’t believe he can win big unless he has an overwhelming talent advantage. You know, he’s right.

Dewnsav

July 30th, 2012
7:52 pm

just bidness…nothing more, nothing less…good for him and his family…go dogs

Beast from the East

July 30th, 2012
7:53 pm

DawgNole (whatever the heck that is),
I misread the column. I thought it said his father had been hired earlier THAT month…not earlier THIS month. Anyway, keep defending the shady practices of hiring family members of recruits. It’s a shady practice no matter what school does it…and many have.

LakeDawg

July 30th, 2012
7:54 pm

Free Shoes University LMAO

DawgNole

July 30th, 2012
8:03 pm

Beast from the East
July 30th, 2012
7:53 pm

DawgNole (whatever the heck that is),
I misread the column. I thought it said his father had been hired earlier THAT month…not earlier THIS month. Anyway, keep defending the shady practices of hiring family members of recruits. It’s a shady practice no matter what school does it…and many have.
________________

I defended nothing. I simply pointed out that you have a problem with reading comprehension and posting lies on a blog. Glad you’re able to acknowledge that. Most gators wouldn’t.

LakeDawg

July 30th, 2012
8:08 pm

If the NCAA was serious about changing the culture of college football, as they said while announcing sanctions on PSU, they would drop the hammer on several bigtime football schools. Of course, it will never happen. The song remains the same.

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.

Tampa Gator

July 30th, 2012
8:16 pm

“Most gators wouldn’t.”

@Dawgnole…..

Like most Dawgs wouldn’t? And most Noles wouldn’t? And you didn’t answer the question….what is a Dawgnole…..some kind of animal fungus you get from wearing too many free shoes?

Tampa Gator

July 30th, 2012
8:18 pm

Fact: There is no story here. FSU hired an ex star player….done by many schools. His son signed with FSU….the school his father played for….happens all the time. FSU worked closely with the NCAA to be on the up and up. NO STORY HERE. Why publish it? And I say that even though I hate FSU about as much a Dawg fans hate Florida.

Beast from the East

July 30th, 2012
8:19 pm

@Tampa,
You just made me spit out perfectly good Jameson. LMAO!

kingdaddy

July 30th, 2012
8:25 pm

Dawg48

July 30th, 2012
8:42 pm

Robert Nkemdechi dad took a job at the University of Mississippi medical center.

Tampa Gator

July 30th, 2012
8:43 pm

Beast….

Sorry about the Jamison.,,,that’s a shame. Was the cause the first or second post? And I am too far retire to know what LMAO means….yes…..younger crowd…..start the insults for not knowing now.

Beast from the East

July 30th, 2012
9:00 pm

The first post. LMAO (laugh my a$$.

Beast from the East

July 30th, 2012
9:00 pm

Dad gum iPad. LMAO means laugh my a– off.

BLT

July 30th, 2012
9:04 pm

What’s wrong with turnips? I love them in stew.

Beast from the East

July 30th, 2012
9:05 pm

Tampa,
Do you know how many recruits we’ll try to sign in this class? I thought I had read several times the number was 22. With 21 committed, I guess they’ll start to focus heavily on 2014 if 22 is the true number.

Joe 12-Pack

July 30th, 2012
9:05 pm

This “gray area” needs to be cleared up.

BLT

July 30th, 2012
9:06 pm

“clempson loose’s there coach”

Best post of someone else’s post so far.