Too few for a buffet – maybe I should call ‘em hors d’œuvre – here are a few things I couldn’t find a place or a post for, but thought you might like to see on this most sacred of days on the college football calendar.
- Recruiting vs. results, a statistical study.
- If you wonder what it is the kids actually will sign today, here’s a copy of the NLI (h/t Darren Rovell). I’ve got to tell you, I read contracts for a living and the idea of parents and high schoolers reviewing this document without the advice of a trained eye doesn’t strike me as a good one. One other thing – if you want to understand where the unfair leverage comes in, start with Item 10, which provides that the NLI is in effect for a four-year term. Scholarships, as Nick Saban will tell you, are offered on a one-year renewable basis.
- And John Infante offers some suggestions for improving the NLI. Since the gist of what he writes would be to give the players a bit more market power, I’m in favor. I doubt the schools would be, though. Maybe Bernie Machen will weigh in.