Westcoasthoopsreport.com has a very interesting article on recent Griz recruit Vaughn Autry today. The story also involves former Montana Grizzly head basketball coach and current Utah State coach Stew Morrill, and it is not to flattering of Morrill and his staff. He does though have some very nice things to say about Montana Coach Wayne Tinkle, as well as the current Griz players and staff. Here is an excerpt:
…had Utah State not bungled their recruitment of Autry he might not have ended up at Montana at all.
According to Autry’s father, Steve Autry, Utah State called and offered Vaughn a scholarship in July after the Best of the Summer tournament.
“They said he was going to start,” Steve said. “I told him he has to earn it.
“They were really high on it, they told him they were going to bring him in to replace the previous point guard.”
The 6-2 Vaughn decided that was a great offer, so he orally committed to Utah State before he ever visited the school.
The coaching staff wanted him to visit during the weekend the football team played their first home game on Sept. 26 so Steve took the steps to fill out the proper paperwork for the compliance officers.
But in the weeks leading up to Vaughn’s visit, both father and son said the coaches stopped returning phone calls and weren’t reachable, indicating to both of them that something was fishy.