“The NCAA, they run these commercials about student-athletes,” Edsall said as his Huskies began their August training camp last week. “It ain’t a student anymore. It’s just athlete.”
Edsall played quarterback at Syracuse in the late 1970s and has been a head coach for all but one season since 1999. He said the time demand put on players and the amount of money generated by college sports has evolved to make the old system “archaic.”
“When I played, you played 10 games. You were home for Thanksgiving. You weren’t there in the summertime,” Edsall said. “Now the demands are [higher] and the money is available.”
It really isn’t that difficult to acknowledge that times have changed, and changed for good. Well, unless you’re Mark Emmert.