“We lost this idea that every bowl game mattered a long time ago.”

Per Stewart Mandel, the AFCA is forwarding a proposal to the NCAA that would allow players to participate in up to four games of a season without burning their redshirt year.

“I think that would be pretty intriguing to some of the fan bases,” said AFCA executive director Todd Berry, “which might legitimize some of those bowl games and make them more interesting.

Hey, it can’t hurt.

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7 responses to ““We lost this idea that every bowl game mattered a long time ago.”

  1. Keep making those changes in the hopes of more TV ratings and money….all without the kids seeing a dime.

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      It’ll give many kids a chance to remain in school, perhaps with a shot at a post graduate degree. An extra year of scholly along with the yearly stipend isn’t bad. It’s a step in the right direction. Though only a small step.

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  2. Macallanlover

    Allowing redshirt players to participate in bowls should have been done a long time ago. And it has nothing to do with compensation, an athlete who sweats at practice from August through December should get a chance to play in a game on TV. While most of you get hung up in how unfair it all is, all athletes want to play (except for those who prefer to quit on their teammates).

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  3. Smitty

    Off topic: When are cut off scores announced?

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  4. martham1016

    99% of NCAA rules seem to impact player eligibility. Sometimes it’s something the player did, but plenty of times it’s about making it not worthwhile for coaches to recruit players from other programs (transfer restrictions), or punishing the institution (Penn State). it’s about time somebody realizes they are cutting off their nose to spite their face; fans tune in for the players.

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  5. 81Dog

    I’m sure this wont complicate roster management at all. It wouldn’t bother me if they cut out redshirts except for medical ones. I’m sure if they did that, there would be an avalance of groin pulls and hamstring injuries in Tuscaloosa. Maybe they could offer to pay for the 5th year of school if the kid completes 4 years, just without further athletic eligibility. Nobody gets medical redshirts in HS, although some kids get redshirted in kindergarten.

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