Jim Harbaugh’s open letter

I suspect a lot of you are going to like this.

 

Two problems:  one, it requires the cooperation of the NFL, which is probably a non-starter.  Second, it makes way too much sense for the NCAA to accept.

Other than that, it’s perfect.

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11 responses to “Jim Harbaugh’s open letter

  1. Khaki Pants can’t beat anOSU, but he’s no dummy. He also knows his proposals are likely never to be adopted but can say to prospective student-athletes that I’ve got your back.

    It’s too bad the Power 5 AD who made yesterday’s asinine comment about playing football on empty campuses to Hurricane Brett wouldn’t write a similar open letter.

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  2. The Dawg abides

    Harbaugh does nothing without some angle he believes will benefit him. His satellite camp approach to recruit nationally hasn’t panned out as hoped. He is falling far behind OSU and the other top five programs in signing the top blue chip recruits. My bet is he’s hoping the truly elite players will go straight to the pros, since he can’t get them anyway, and level the talent field a little more.

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  3. W Cobb Dawg

    Maybe Jim should concentrate on his job.

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  4. piper

    will also require significant changes to the recruiting calendar or else coaches won’t know who needs to be “replaced” in their scholarship counts, right?

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  5. 123fakest

    One and done is a terrible idea.

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  6. Makes sense to me. And even though the NFL probably loves things the way they are, I think some teams might be interested in early-drafting a Justin Fields to develop behind an established starting quarterback.

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  7. Go Dawgs!

    I love most of the proposal, but I really don’t get why he thinks the University of Michigan owes an athlete one to two years of free college to complete their degree after they’ve left early to sign an NFL contract. I’ve seen language in pro baseball contracts before that stipulate that the pro team will pay to complete the athlete’s schooling if they don’t reach the big leagues, but it seems to me if an athlete wants UGA to pay for their schooling then they should remain on scholarship and play for UGA. I agree that encouraging athletes to finish their education is a great idea, but why should they not have to pay their tuition the same as any other student who isn’t playing for the university or otherwise earning a scholarship?

    Now, if you have an athlete who fails to graduate during their athletic career who doesn’t go pro, I’d endorse having the school pay for that athlete to complete their degree. The scheduling demands of an athletic career can make completion of an academic degree difficult.

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  8. As the resident contrarian I ask why, in a free market, should a kid have to wait even one day past their age of majority? I understand why the NFL probably does not want them but freedom is a pretty important part of free markets. I’m just sayin drafting a 17 year old A. J. Green would have made perfect sense to me and the NCAA should not have a single word to say about it.

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  9. I have no problem with it provided the transfer rules that end up being in place do not cause a situation where half the starters of a team could up and disappear even though they are not yet Juniors. Secondly that the NIL rules remain as they are.

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