You know, a few weeks ago, suddenly realizing that my old Twitter intro about the Coaches Poll was anachronistic, I updated it with this sentiment:
Sometimes it feels like college football is that girlfriend you were crazy about who dumped you for some rich dude nobody really liked.
Events of the past week or so haven’t improved my mood.
It appears I’m not alone in feeling like that, as evidenced by Mandel’s open letter to college football. I won’t say he’s as far along in his pessimism as I am – I don’t know how anyone can characterize conference realignment as a harmless development that “didn’t make tailgating on a fall Saturday or watching 14 straight hours of football any less enjoyable” – but there’s much of what he says that resonates with me, including this beauty:
And you know what’s really maddening about college athletics leaders? That some are more willing to forgive a football player for striking a woman than they would if that same player wanted to transfer to another school.
Some second chances are better than others, as long as it’s a coach making the decision.