Why the Mid-American Conference recruits Florida (hint: it isn’t all about talent)

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Mon. February 8, 2010 | Keith Niebuhr

Last week on signing day, two of the Mid-American Conference’s biggest signees came from Florida – RB Bernard Reedy of Lakewood (Toledo) and RB Tevin Drake of Nature Coast Tech (Western Michigan).

As a whole, the conference did very well in the South, and Western Michigan coach Bill Cubit gave some insight into why that may have been the case.

“The thing is, here, they get a Big Ten offer, done,” Cubit said. “Down there, I can beat Big Ten schools down there. All they want is trust down there. It’s a lot different down there. ... You can beat (the big boys) down there, because they don’t really care. ‘Is it Division I? Do they play a good schedule? And are they going to take care of me?’ That’s what they care about.

All told, Western Michigan signed 12 Floridians.

--KEITH NIEBUHR (kniebuhr@sptimes.com)

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