I know folks don't view this terminology in its traditional sense, but by contract law if the promise cannot be accepted and made binding immediately, it is not an "offer." For a promise to be an "offer," it must create a power of acceptance permitting the offeree, by his acceptance, to transform the promise into a binding, contractual obligation.
In the NCAA scholarship setting, the "offer" is the paperwork that accompanies the NLI form that is sent to the prospect. Everything else is just a promise, which is free to be broken at the whim of the promisee and with no legal recourse.
So, in essense, @ecdawg is right.
@LawDawg2011 Could you please inform Saban about these conditions and tell him he is not giving a player an 'offer' if it is not comitable? Thx!
Being right is a rarity for me. I'l take being right "in essense."
GT coach came across a pre-K student who was counting on his fingers. Johnson was immediately impressed and offered the child a scholarship immediately. However, it was reported that over recess that same afternoon that the youngster was playing in a rival sandbox and CPJ revoked the scholarship.... Citing quote " the inability of a child to keep his commitments is unacceptable at GT."