We’ve all seen examples of former professional baseball players who have given up on their first choice and pursued a college football career without running afoul of the NCAA’s amateurism protocol.

I can’t help, though, but wonder if an envelope is being pushed a little more strongly with the news that Auburn has signed a “former Australian Professional Footballer” to a college scholarship as a punter.  The sports may not be exactly the same, but it’s hard to deny that the skills he was paid for are largely the same skills that Malzahn values now.

It’s February, and devious minds turn to cheatin’.  How far could a well-heeled booster push things with a summer “football, but not exactly American football” league that paid players?  How different would the rules have to be to pass NCAA muster?


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10 responses to “Semi-amateur

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    Saban already has a staff of five working on it.


  2. 81Dog

    well, Gus is tryin’, for sure.


  3. Castleberry

    I have a footie at home. I’d estimate it’s 30% bigger. Bigger balls. Make it happen.


  4. Normaltown Mike

    would love to see this in the SEC


    • Russ

      I used to love watching that in the early days of ESPN.

      And what happened to the paper airplane? Don’t leave me hanging.


  5. DawgPhan

    College football needs Lavar Ball to start up a semi pro 7 on 7.


  6. Russ

    I wish we had one of those guys. It’s a great weapon. Vanderbilt kicked our ass with it two years ago.


  7. Muttley

    He’ll get paid a lot more at Auburn.


  8. Macallanlover

    This is wrong, nip it in the bud now!