It’s Emmert’s world and he’s just living in it, part two.

For some reason, they keep letting the man talk.  I don’t get it, but there it is. You can read this high-minded “where we are” editorial in its entirety if you’re so inclined, but here’s a little taste of how detached it is from the facts on the ground. One of the reforms Emmert calls for is a reduction in time demands on student-athletes.

Sport-related time demands need to be reduced, so student-athletes can participate in the full educational experience while at college. This could include opportunities such as studying abroad and internships.

All I can figure is that he’s forgotten about the summer, because the NCAA issued a new rule permitting eight hours a week of required preparations then for the regular season.

Allow football student-athletes to participate in preparations for the season during an eight-week period each summer. Those weeks can include eight hours per week of required weight training and conditioning. Up to two of the eight hours can consist of film review. Student-athletes who participate in the summer activities must be enrolled in summer school or meet specific academic benchmarks. The model is similar to those adopted by men’s and women’s basketball in the last two years. Both the Football Bowl and Football Championship subdivisions supported this change.

Oh, “allow”, you say.  Let Mark Richt tell you what “allow” means.

“One thing that will be different is this is the first year in a long time that all strength and conditioning activity is mandatory now,” coach Mark Richt said. “There’s eight hours of activity per week that’s mandatory, similar to what you have in the spring prior to spring ball.”

Richt said in some ways it was good when players had to push for teammates to work out.

He pointed out that on-field throwing and catching work, pass protection and pass rush still isn’t mandated.

I sense another NCAA regulation coming.  Thanks, Mr. Emmert!


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8 responses to “It’s Emmert’s world and he’s just living in it, part two.

  1. 79dawg

    After his remarks Friday, I didn’t think it was possible for someone to be less self-aware and clueless, but this is simple outrageous… Fans everywhere are clamoring for more “athlete”, less “student”, particularly with respect to football where the 20 hour per week rule really crimps how much on-field practice time is allowed thereby (in my opinion) significantly impacting the level of play!


  2. CannonDawg

    Forbes reported that the Top 25 preseason college football teams for the 2011-2012 season had revenues of $1.24 billion and expenses of $562 million. It’s a huge business, and the NCAA will watch in its predictable stupor as unions, trial lawyers, and politicians steadily begin to gravitate toward the “sport” as the potential for gain becomes more attractive. And of course it will all be in the spirit of looking after student/athlete. Of course. Unions can then do for college football what they did for Detroit; trial lawyers can make coaches afraid to coach; and politicians can bring their Heisman-level dishonesty to a sport already overstretched trying to manage it. Sorry for the bleak outlook, guys, but I see our great game on the doorstep of a major transformation.


    • Just curious: do trial lawyers make NFL coaches afraid to coach?

      Our great game stepped through that door you mention a few years ago.


      • CannonDawg

        The NFL has an infrastructure that college football does not when it comes to legal challenges. Even still, the NFL settled for $765M in the concussions lawsuit, only to have it rejected by a federal judge who thought the amount too little. The affected former players originally sought $2B. The entire issue will change the way the game is played. And in changing the game, there will be greater caution. Afraid to coach on the part of NFL coaches? I don’t know. In some ways, perhaps. But a lawsuit brought by former college players, where the individual institutions are at risk, might well be a different matter altogether. I can see a greater affect upon college coaches if that sort of legal open-season starts to evolve.


        • “The NFL has an infrastructure that college football does not when it comes to legal challenges”

          Colleges spend a lot more on regular legal advise than you appear willing to allow. Maybe the NFL is just better at listening, or has a better idea on who to listen to when hiring lawyers.


      • Mayor of Dawgtown

        What can we say, Bluto? Lawyers are the root of all evil. We are responsible for everything that is bad, from global warming to overpopulation.