Urban Meyer describes himself as “pro-student”. I do not think that word means what he thinks it means.
“But to say (players) can go out and get their own shoe contract and things like that,” Meyer said, “I think, ‘What would that do for this great sport, and really, what would that do for college athletics?’ ”
According to NCAA rules, coaches can have only 20 hours per week of hands-on involvement with players.
The reality is that players are expected to put in considerable time on their own, making it closer to the commitment required for a full-time job, as Northwestern’s players contended.
“A quarterback can’t play college football at a high, high level at 20 hours per week,” Meyer said. “He’s got to do it on his own. I think it’s a great rule. Players, just like coaches, can decide to be great. If they’re watching the hours, punching the clock and saying, ‘I’m done at 20 hours,’ you probably have a pretty average player.
“Coaches created that (20-hour) rule (because) if you give us 40 hours, we’ll keep them 40 hours. And they still have to take care of their academics.”
As a general rule of thumb, beware of people who drop “this great sport” homilies. Can’t have players competing with coaches for shoe contracts, you know.