Friday James Wagner of the WASHINGTON POST reported that prized high school football recruit Cyrus Kouandjio will decide between Auburn and Alabama on Monday.
(Dye’s daughter tries to convince Kouandjio to attend Auburn)
Kouandjio to the Post:
“I’m going to go through the weekend, sit down and talk to everybody. You know, see their opinions on things.”
“It’s so clutch right now, it’s really down to me. Everybody just be pointing their finger down to me. I can’t go to anybody and be like, ‘Hey, can you tell me differently where I should go?’ Everybody just backed off, got their foot out and said, ‘Cyrus, you’re on your own.’”
Actually not everyone has backed off.
The daughter of former Auburn head football coach Pat Dye, Missy Dye McDonald, posted a message on Kouandjio’s personal Facebook page today that read:
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
The second part of the message is a reference to Psalm 139:10. The King James bible translation of the passage: “Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
If you’re wondering how the message from the daughter of the former Auburn head football coach went over with the wavering recruit, you’re asking the wrong guy. But I can confirm the reaction to Dye-McDonald’s Facebook post from two other visitors to Kouandjio Facebook page.
In the comments beneath her Emerson quote and bible scripture citation, Facebook user Adam DeFord wrote,
“So now Pat Dye’s daughter is getting involved. Just Pathetic.. LOL”
In the same comments area, Facebook user Kyle Garrison then asked Dye-McDonald: “Hey, how is Eric Ramsey doing?”
Dye-McDonald replied: “I believe in AUburn and love it ! I’m not sure how Eric is doing…”
Garrison: “ask your dad I’m sure he knows.”
Secreting recordings made by former Auburn football player Eric Ramsey in the early ’90s that detailed a pay-for-play scheme by the team’s coaches led to the resignation of Dye-McDonald’s father Pat Dye, who was Auburn’s head football coach at the time and one of the individuals caught on tape.
So when Missy says she’s “not sure how Eric’s doing,” safe to say I believe her.