Thinker, you've got guts. Accuse ML of overcoaching? I made a similar charge several weeks ago and got my head handed to me on a plate. What many on this board fail to understand is that it's very possible to like someone, even think they're doing a good job, yet still find criticisms or areas to improve upon.
LSF, you will do yourself an enormous favor going forward of interpreting the meaning of a verbal agreement, particularly one that takes place before the early signing period yet fails to produce a signed letter-of-intent, as absolutely nothing. No, you do not have to like Nigel or what Nigel did but that's not the issue here. The issue is whether he screwed GW over. Since he played by the rules, he really didn't. If there is evidence that he repeatedly told GW that he would sign in April, that's a different matter. And, that's a very different thing than being referred to in the press as a GW recruit, something that I believe Bigfan feels he should have corrected but in reality, correcting this would have been the equivalent of decommitting which he was not ready to do until after his high school season.
This reminds me a bit about what happened to Tiger this weekend. A new rule was put in place two years ago that gives the rules committee to prevent a disqualification if the committee believes that an innocent mistake was made. Nevertheless, after the two stroke penalty was handed down, one golf talking head after the next believed that Tiger should "do the right thing" and disqualify himself. Why? Because that would have been the end result prior to this new rule being implemented. BUT,,,like it or not, this new rule has been implemented. If the proper course of action would have been for Tiger to DQ himself, then why have the new rule at all?
The similarity is that you may feel that a non-signed verbal shouldn't even exist, or should not have the right to decommit, but the fact is that this sysatem is in place. No GW fan should be happy with the outcome. But finding fault with Nigel's decision or actions, or wishing him ill-will, is just petty.