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Give and Take: Sunday letter

Adams to Ducks ‘a bit unseemly’

I don’t blame coach (Beau) Baldwin for being upset with losing Vernon Adams to Oregon. Adams was a record-setting starting QB at EWU groomed by the coaching staff there.

Baldwin built this program with great recruiting. There have been a few of these “drop downs” from FBS schools. But the kids weren’t starters at the time they became Eagles. Some had injuries, others ran afoul with the rules and a few others were victims of new coaching staffs and were not part of the future of that school.

An FBS athlete can get a second chance at an FCS school to get away from where they aren’t wanted anymore. Baldwin makes sure these kids will fit in or else he can’t afford to let a non-team player disrupt a great football program.

If the FBS could cherry pick players off FCS programs without the athlete needing to sit out a year then the FCS would be nothing more than a minor league for the big schools. Who wants that?

What Oregon was able to accomplish in luring Vernon Adams to Eugene was legal but a bit unseemly. Go Eags!!

Dale Anderson


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