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Smart among those who want college football’s ‘Wild West’ tamed

SystemSystem Posts: 10,558 admin
edited May 2022 in Article commenting
imageSmart among those who want college football’s ‘Wild West’ tamed

At this rate, college football fans might not recognize the game in a year or two.

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    BubbaBillBubbaBill Posts: 1,190 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Thanks Bill for another interesting article. One of the “portal” rules that is unclear to me is what happens if an athlete enters the portal and then decides to remain at their university. Is the university required to honor their scholarship or can they say goodbye and don’t let the door hit you on your way out? Most of the players who have left UGA were athletes who weren’t going to get much playing time. In fact, we definitely needed some players to leave to get us to the magic #85 scholarship limit. Go Dawgs!!!

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    JayDogJayDog Posts: 5,558 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    The thing I suspect Jimbo Fisher of doing—is using the total dollar amount in the collective to influence recruits. I imagine they say,“See how much money is in our collective? You have a better chance of a big payday if you sign with us.” Not really making an offer—not really signing anyone and no booster is involved. As Bill said these collectives should be forced out of recruiting. In my opinion, even mention of them by coaches or program staff should be prohibited.

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    BillKingBillKing Posts: 64 ✭✭ Sophomore

    BubbaBill Their scholarships are still good as long as they're a member of the team in good standing, I believe..

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    JimWallaceJimWallace Posts: 5,754 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Didn't notice who wrote the article until I'd already decided it was superior coverage of the subject.

    Thanks, Bill.

    Go, Dawgs!

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    E_RocE_Roc Posts: 1,221 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    "In the past, it never was fair that ... college athletes were restricted in their ability to change programs, while coaches could come and go as they pleased."

    I've always been in favor of the athletes being able to make money off their own names. It's just common sense, and it was always ridiculous that they weren't allowed to do so.

    On the other hand, I've never bought the logic quoted above as an argument for having (essentially) no restrictions on transfers. Unlike the ban on players making some cash in their free time, the transfer rules were put in place for the good and stability of the sport.

    But let's put aside the argument on the benefits or detriments of having transfer rules and focus on the most commonly presented logic behind the stance of doing away with them: if the coaches can do it, why can't the players? Well, is that not how it works in most-every industry? The people who have shown a penchant for the work - who have the talent and work ethic required to make it to the top of their industry - have an opportunity to do so over the years and decades that they decide to dedicate to the work. And those people end up enjoying considerably more benefits than the people just starting out straight out of high school.

    Sure, there are arguments to be made about fairness to workers in general, corporate greed, corruption, etc. And those would be perfectly fair and valid points - again, in general. But the suggestion that college athletics/football is the industry where new workers don't enjoy the same benefits as the people who have been at it for decades - and that that is a wrong that must be righted - has never rung true to me.

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    BubbaBillBubbaBill Posts: 1,190 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Bill, if that’s correct and Georgia is at their limit of 85 scholarship players…..then what happens at the last minute if Clay Webb and Daran Branch (2 unsigned Dawgs in the Transfer Portal) decide to return? That doesn’t sound fair for UGA, but life is not always fair. Go Dawgs!

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    bogarttadbogarttad Posts: 278 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    It is a bit ironic that NIL is given teeth by the potential of antitrust litigation. By definition, antitrust is supposed to even the playing field and provide fairer competition. I believe with these collectives entering the fray, that intention creates a nightmare, and our game may be irrevocably altered.

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    bobcdawgbobcdawg Posts: 64 ✭✭ Sophomore

    Great write up, Bill. Someone needs to fix the issues you raise ASAP. The fiasco that is happening was easy to predict, given the lack of oversight and rules. The whole thing is just ridiculous.

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