Sometime on Feb. 3, Tyrece Speaight will sign a letter of intent to play football at Miami University.

Sometime on Feb. 3, Tyrece Speaight will sign a letter of intent to play football at Miami University.

That's the plan at this point, anyway.

Until late November, Speaight was planning to don blue and gold on signing day and ink his future with Toledo, rather than the red and white of the RedHawks.

Before that, Kent State was the planned destination for Speaight, a defensive back for Upper Arlington High School who also played a prominent role at wide receiver this past season as the Golden Bears returned to the Division I playoffs for the first time since 2011.

Speaight was set to play for Toledo until Rockets coach Matt Campbell left for Iowa State on Nov. 29. The news broke overnight and Speaight, who had kept his recruitment open as a Golden Flashes commit, did not hear until several hours later while he was visiting family in Atlanta for Thanksgiving.

Speaight said he never heard from Toledo's coaches.

He de-committed from Toledo two days later and pledged to Miami -- his mother's top choice all along, according to Speaight -- three days after that.

College football is a tricky business.

"Someone tweeted the news, and I was pretty upset that no one told me (directly)," Speaight said. "I waited a few days, and no one did. I visited Toledo four or five times and I loved the program, but I had to think about my future."

It's an all-too-common story this time of year, when mid-major coaches often jump to the power conferences and players are left in the lurch.

Tricky distinctions come into play.

Do players have an obligation to fully vest themselves into the school and program to which they commit, even if that commit is verbal and nonbinding by its nature?

Do coaches have an obligation to fully wrap up business at their current stop instead of leaving high-school athletes and their own organization high and dry?

Some might say there is a moral obligation, to potentially stretch the definition of "moral," to see a job through to the end.

Look no further than Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, who accepted the Florida job in December 2004 but remained with Utah to polish off what became an undefeated season.

When the Utes defeated Pittsburgh 35-7 in the Fiesta Bowl to finish 12-0, Meyer was co-head coach along with his former defensive coordinator, Kyle Whittingham, who remains at Utah today.

Coincidentally, on the opposite sideline in that Fiesta Bowl, Pitt head coach Walt Harris already had been hired at Stanford. But Harris, a onetime Ohio State assistant, remained at Pitt through the bowl as a condition of his being hired by the Cardinal.

"I'm here because I've always talked to the players about finishing," Harris said at the time. "Finishing a relationship, finishing homework, finishing a sprint, finishing a play. That's one of my philosophies, and there was no question that was what I was going to do."

Three years later, West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez walked out on one of the Mountaineers' best seasons to start what became a forgettable three-year stint at Michigan. His offensive coordinator, Bill Stewart, coached the Mountaineers in the bowl game and later became head coach.

Seven years later, 47 percent of West Virginians who participated in a poll still had an unfavorable opinion of Rodriguez.

College football is a tricky business.

The examples go on and on, in regards to the coaches who bolt and the players they leave behind.

"You always have to have a plan B in place. Nothing is set in stone until national signing day," UA coach Joel Cutler said, citing the case of Brady Taylor, a lineman Cutler coached at Ready.

Taylor originally committed to Virginia Tech but switched to Ohio State in January 2014 -- after his senior season -- when his projected line coach, Jeff Grimes, left the Hokies for Louisiana State.

"It's a reminder that (college football) is very much a business," Cutler said. "That's one reason I don't think we'll ever see an early signing day (for football). There are so many things that can happen."

That's something Speaight knows all too well.

"I don't think (the lack of an early signing day) will change, and it shouldn't," Speaight said. "A lot of colleges want one ... but different situations come up. You never know what will happen."

Dave Purpura is a ThisWeek sports staff writer.