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Football: Recruiting feud erupts over St. Bonny commit

June 16, 2008 | 10:16 am

Ventura St. Bonaventure Coach Todd Therrien is so furious with Oregon assistant coach Steve Greatwood that he said Ducks representatives will no longer be welcome on campus.

"I don't want to see anyone from Oregon," he said Monday.

Therrien's wrath is directed at Oregon because last week, St. Bonaventure defensive back Xaiver Ramos committed to Greatwood, but on Monday, Therrien said Greatwood called to say Oregon was withdrawing its scholarship offer after getting a commitment from another player.

"This is the second time I've had to break a kid's heart in two months," Therrien said.

Former St. Bonaventure linebacker Loren Powers signed with Tulsa, only to have the scholarship revoked because of an issue involving an SAT score -- even though Powers was an NCAA qualifier, according to Therrien.

Therrien said Ramos received a written scholarship offer from Oregon. The offer wouldn't become official until Ramos signs in February. But schools seek verbal commitments and are expected to honor the commitment, which is the reason Therrien is angry.

"Our kids, when they commit, they commit," Therrien said.

Therrien was preparing to inform Ramos of Oregon's decision.

-- Eric Sondheimer

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