So, this popped up in my Twitter feed today…
That is essentially free agency. That is also a long way from either the status quo, or even what’s been discussed as a potential change to the status quo. Yet this is coming from an anonymous NCAA official who sounds confident it’s likely to happen. What on earth is going on?
Well, it’s the NCAA, so you know the first thing I’m thinking of as motivation. Evidently Brian Cook had the same flash as I.
The grad transfer rule already sucks out loud for lower-level schools. Creating open season on every all-conference football and basketball player turns the MAC into a collection of JUCOs, essentially. It’s far worse for competitive balance than paying kids would be, because you get to swoop in on anyone you missed and yoink them. You’re also inviting kids to leave whatever degree program they’re in for sports, damaging your hoary claims to academic integrity.
But it would eliminate a set of arguments against amateurism, so full speed ahead. Because keeping the money is all they care about.
I know I’m a cynical guy. (Brian Cook may be the only college football blogger I can think of who’s even more cynical than I am.) Yet, somehow, the NCAA consistently manages to surpass the worst I can attribute to it. That’s some talent.