You know, for a sport defined by a lack of parity, college football sure seems to have a lot of folks demanding a level playing field.
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I don’t want parity, and like seeing great teams play. Parity in the NFL is one of many things that has diminished my interest in pro bowl. The FCS was created for a reason but the NCAA allows just about anyone into the Bowl Subdivision.
“At least make a mark of where we are and where we need to go, so there is some even competition. Coaches in the NFL or college football, that’s all you want: the field to be level.”
Speaking further about wanting the field to be level, Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi went on to say that, since his program only averages approx. 44k fans per home game:
“I’m demanding a 44k cap on attendance for every FBS team in effort to make things more equal across the board,” Narduzzi said. “Its not fair that we have to play at Clemson or FSU with their 80K+ fans, whereas our home games features barren upper decks and empty yellow seats everywhere that gives us no freakin’ home field advantage whatsoever. If we want to keep CFB unique and retain the so many traits that make it special, we need to put these caps in place so that our student-athletes can enjoy their collegiate experience to the fullest.”
Narduzzi also agrees not to accept higher pay to move to another school.
The issue he raises is the same one our AD and Head Coach raised when Saban’s support staff became more obvious to the general public about 5 years ago. I see the merits of both sides of the issue, but it is a moot point, as the NCAA is not going to act on this.
Perhaps he should have thought about this when he accepted the Pitt job or waited another year where he might have waited for an offer from a more desirable program (like both our most recent head coaches did!)
Combine this article with the previous be, then answer this:
Why does anyone want the NCAA regulating satellite camps when real companies are willing to spend real money to meet that demand already?
Add in allowing athletes to benefit from name and likeness, and having Nike or UnderArmor run those camps seems more a win for promising football players than anything the NCAA could ever devise.
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