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Real life will intrude on football

Was just going to do a fan shot to this article but some people might need a bit of exposition. I am sure most of us here are too young to remember when teams in the rest belt like Ohio State, Michigan and Notre Dame were pretty much the be all, end all of football. But the simplified version of the reigning school of thought is that as the Rust Belt lost citizens, and they all came to the Sun Belt it changed the balance of power down to teams that can recruit in Florida, Georgia, Alabama and the rest of the South East. On a smaller scale the exodus of people following Katrina forced the LSU coaches to change the way they recruited. They used to be able to just hang around New Orleans and Baton Rouge, scooping up everyone who can play. Post Katrina they have been going more into Texas because the population of their state hasn't recovered.

What does this have to do with FSU? Read here. Even though the title says it is about Florida, the article is mostly about the Miami area. Basically the combo of bad politicians and worse economy is about to price people out of the area completely. The long term prospects for the state aren't exciting right now either since there is little to no industry here. Kids go where there parents go. Parents go where they can afford to live. In 5 years Miami could stop being the hot spot for recruits that it currently is if people move to more affordable cities in the state. More kids from Jacksonville to Pensacola could mean the Noles would rack up. But if a nearby state, other than Georgia, gets their act together before Florida and everyone moves then several teams might be in trouble.

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