Posted: 5:22 am Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010
By Jason Lieser
Cornell’s offer to Jupiter Christian quarterback Marshyl Rothman disappeared after the school changed coaches.
With that offer gone, Rothman said Tuesday he will not sign on national signing day and plans to re-evaluate his options.
Ivy League programs have different academic scales under which they can admit athletes. Each school handles this differently. The lowest band at Cornell, for example, is a 3.0 grade point average and a 1,000 on the SAT. The football team can only accept a certain number of players at that band. At each ascending band, the team can take more players.
Kent Austin and the new coaching staff likely squeezed out Rothman in favor of players they liked better on the same band.
Either way, Rothman was (and is) academically qualified, committed to an offer and ignored all other schools from that point forward. His reward? He loses his offer.
Jupiter Christian coach Bill Powers is angry with the school.
“I think it’s ridiculous,” Powers said Tuesday. “The kid was there, he had a meeting with the head coach and they gave him a red wristband that said, ‘Cornell commit.’ He announced that he committed to Cornell and he stopped all his recruiting after that.”
Rothman (5-8, 170, No. 46 on The Big Board) passed for 1,740 yards and 25 touchdowns and ran for 547 yards and 15 touchdowns last season. He also played defense and special teams.