And now, junior pro days

For the reader who suggested the other day that it was time for the NCAA to crack down on those kids who were skipping bowl games to protect their health for the NFL draft, I have some bad news:  the NCAA is taking steps to coddle the ungrateful bastids.

Thanks to a proposal from the SEC, the NCAA is paving the way for full-fledged football pro days in which NFL personnel evaluate underclassmen considering entering the next year’s draft.

Earlier this week the NCAA Division I Council adopted proposal 2017-80, legislation from the SEC, which will help up to five underclassmen per school to be evaluated by NFL personnel during a separate pro day each year.

“Our proposal would make it easier to facilitate our student-athletes being observed under the revised NFL rules,” an SEC spokesman said. “Our motivation is to help young people receive the best information possible on which they base decisions about their future.”

The change will allow each school to conduct a the pro day practice and specify that both the college team’s coaches and NFL personnel can be present and conduct the practice and that the practice won’t count towards the college team’s practice limit (i.e., 15 spring practices).

See, if you’re chasing the top recruits (the SEC pushing this proposal should be a giant tell in that regard) with a message that your program will do everything it can to get them ready to play on Sundays, it would be beyond stupid to undercut that by threatening them with punishment if they actually made a decision to look out for their pro futures.

How does it feel to argue in favor of something too dumb for the NCAA to consider?


Filed under SEC Football, The NCAA, The NFL Is Your Friend.

13 responses to “And now, junior pro days

  1. Not sure who made the comment, but from the looks of it they sure pissed you off.


  2. Macallanlover

    Don’t recall anyone proposing penalties for those who sit for bowl games while their teammates play, but it is pretty silly to feel this isn’t a takeaway for the college game. Fans who finally get a chance to see their team of choice play nearer their home area, or those who pay to travel to the bowls, aren’t getting to see the “real” team if a group of seniors/juniors who are healthy decide to sit it out. We all know these are exhibition games, but we have always expected teams to compete. Why do these even count on a team, or coaches’ record?

    Will it become another spring game where we ban contact? Just a bad trend, imo. When you are a member of a team you battle with them to the end. For those who feel this is just being smart, at what point do these same players pull the plug on playing, or going all out? If you are eliminated from your division race after the Ga/Fl game, do you sit out the month of November? There are a lot more chances to get injured in the last 4 games than there is in the one, final game against a TCU, Michigan, etc. bowl game. Injury is always a part of the game, can occur at practice or on the field, against a directional school, or a Top 10 team. Play hard until your gone, stand with your teammates if you are able, leave with the best record you can.


    • Mad Mike

      I doubt you ever see a player skip more than one or two games, during the regular season the players are proving their mettle and showing why a pro team should want them. Once they know they’re relatively certain to get drafted why risk that payday for what is essentially a meaningless exhibition? Risking your economic future for the glory of good ol’ Wassamatta U and its fans is kind a silly if you remove your emotion al attachment to a team, and look at it logically. Does it kinda suck for us fans? Sure, but these guys gotta look out for themselves and their families first, and not our wants.


    • CB

      You must have missed Clowney’s last season at USCe. Incentivize them with actual compensation or deal with it.


      • Mad Mike

        Ok, I guess I should have phrased it as rarely instead. The main thing I was getting at is it probably won’t be an epidemic, because the players can only prove themselves worthy on the field.


  3. DawgPhan

    I love that people rushed in to defend the idea that the NCAA should being doing something to stop the behavior of prepping for the NFL while in college.

    I see it as a positive, obviously. But I could see good motivating coaches like Coach Smart taking that feedback from those NFL guys for very on the edge juniors and using that to turn them into crazy good seniors.

    It’s the right type of nudge at just the right time for those right on the edge of a day 1 grade as a junior to get them to really commit to improvement that offseason.

    And the impact of this will be minimal. There are 1000’s of college players but probably less than 100 who are in this spot every year.


    • Mad Mike

      And if a player sits out, because he’s gonna go pro, just what exactly do those people expect the NCAA to do? It’s tantamount to saying, “You can’t quit because you’re fired!” totally pointless…


  4. Ben in NC

    Kind of a tanger question, but: is this about recruiting? Or is this about SEC coaches and the NFL colluding to keep talented but underdeveloped underclassmen in school for another year?


  5. What players besides running backs have bailed on playing in games ?


    • Napoleon BonerFart

      Last year, Texas safety DeShon Elliott, Florida State safety Derwin James, Texas tackle Connor Williams, Texas cornerback Holton Hill, and Oregon running back Royce Freeman skipped their bowl games.


  6. Captain Obvious

    oh let’s not get ahead of ourselves folks, we’re not talking high school jr’s……


  7. UGA '97

    This is good for two reasobs

    1.) The kids skipping bowls just means the young kids gets more experience and reps under their belt.

    2.) Recruit’s get to see their position opening up prior to signing day.