Is the NCAA following the First Rule of Holes?

You could certainly make an argument that this week’s announcement the organization intends to implement some form of one-time transfer rule for college football players is an indication that it’s trying to put down the shovel.

I’m not going to even mock them by saying better late than never, because it’s got to be hard for that group to acknowledge that it’s completely tangled itself up in its rules and regulations.

That’s the real problem here.  Even if Emmert and his team know they’ve lost their way, they’ve constructed so many barriers in the process that it makes it hard to get back on the road, even when they recognize the need to reset.

And there’s plenty more where that comes from.  Look at the argument advanced by the Alston plaintiffs to the appeals court yesterday.

The NCAA knows that standing pat on loosening NIL rules is a losing proposition, but if it proceeds to take steps to extricate itself from that, it runs smack dab into its O’Bannon stance.  It’s the inevitable problem that arrives when you insist on taking maximalist positions on everything.

Most of this could have been dealt with through proactive negotiations five years ago that would have left much of the schools’ positions intact, but that’s not how the NCAA rolls.  Is it any wonder that lawmakers are skeptical of Emmert’s position that this time, they really mean to do something about NIL that’s in all the parties’ best interests?

It’s a shame, too, because it’s still not too late for the NCAA to roll up its sleeves and work out something allowing it to retain more than half a loaf.  I expect that shovel still feels mighty comforting, though.


Filed under See You In Court, The NCAA

3 responses to “Is the NCAA following the First Rule of Holes?

  1. Dawg1

    All I know is that somehow we will foot the bill!


    • Well, in the words of Hollis A. Wood: “You ain’t gettin’ shit outta me!”
      Mostly because They’d have to collect it from advertisers whose product I consume. Soooo….
      I’d rather drink a warm Tropicalia with bird shit on it than a Bud Light.
      Dr. Pepper does not mix well with any liquor that I know of.
      Sildenafil is really cheap online.
      Do I really have to say anything about Liberty Mutual?


  2. TN Dawg

    You really should be able to transfer at any time freely like any other student.

    Even in the middle of a season, in my opinion. These guys have limited eligibility and if you come out of spring practice and see you aren’t going to start or the coach gets mad at you and benches you and another school will let you play, you should be able to transfer right then.