Nothing in this tweet comes as a surprise to me.
I didn’t name the category “The NFL Is Your Friend” for nothing, you know.
Filed under College Football, The NFL Is Your Friend.
Why do “college football officials” care what the NFL thinks? Just do what is best for college football and let the NFL react.
Because they would prefer not to have players sit out a spring season to prepare for the NFL draft. The NFL doesn’t have to react to anything.
imagine I am a junior superstar Georgia player. I will be 3 years out of HS in 2021, thus draft eligible. I am anticipating a multi million dollar NFL contract. I can spend January through early April preparing for the life changing NFL draft and attending the combine, or I can be preparing to play East Tennessee State. The smart choice is sit out the spring 2021 games (with risk of injury) and prepare for the NFL draft.
The nfl is a tv sport. They really could care less about fans in the stands. What they want to do is figure out how to grow it outside of the United States. Whether or not that takes rule changes or social causes or some other creative tag which has not been invented yet… the nfl is not America’s game. College football is and that’s one reason it is under attack.
College football is a TV game as well. TV dictates everything in division 1.
College football can survive fine with regional tv… nfl not so much.
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I don’t know of any multibillion dollar college football teams
How much less could they care?
So, playing this out, under this Spring season scenario. Some 2021 draft eligible players (potentially, Fields, TLaw, and any other 3rd year players that are a first round lock) would sit out to avoid injury prior to the draft in the Spring. For UGA, this could be possibly be Jordan Davis and ….?
The NFL is not willing to push their draft back by a couple of months and compress their off-season in order to have another year of player evaluation for those players that sit out. Also, they likely lose out on having a combine and on-campus workouts because college games would be happening in February/March/April.
College football should call the NFL’s bluff on this. Once the NFL is forced to realize that they wouldn’t have a combine prior to the draft, they’ll cave and slide their draft back.
Jamie Newman I would expect as well.
I think you are severely underestimating the number of players who will sit out the season if it’s played in the spring and the NFL doesn’t cooperate. At Georgia, I’d expect the entire draft-eligible defense to sit out. Jamie Newman ain’t playing. if you’re Zeus, why are you going to try to play? You’ve already seen what can happen to your knees in a game or in practice. Those guys are going to just start working out so they can attend the combine on the NFL’s schedule. The hay is already in the barn for a lot of guys. Now, can they play their way up draft boards? Sure. But at schools like Georgia, Alabama, LSU, etc. that are loaded with talent that has already played several years, I think you’d see a lot of players who are satisfied with what they’ve put on tape and not willing to risk their health when they can instead be prepping for the NFL.
Jamie Newman would not be at Georgia (he was already draft eligible) if he didn’t think he needed more tape to enhance his NFL prospects. How does that change between now and a spring 21 season ?
The NFL is going to make deciding really difficult on some players if they don’t push it back (and all of this assumes the college game needs to be played in March, April, May or thereabout), because a player like, say Newman, who everyone thinks will be great would have to sit hoping that he will get 1st or 2nd round $$$ based on his WF game. The same might be true for Zeus; he really hasn’t had a full year as the lead dog yet. Honestly, they might go, but they’d both much rather have a solid year with UGA first, and they will have to stop and think about it. If I was LeCounte, I would sit out just because the main reason for him not to go early was to hopefully win the MNC. Him playing – and some of the other eligible defensive players – have more to lose by playing than they have to gain. I hate this situation.
There’s a rumor the GHSA is going to vote on moving the football season to the spring in the next couple of weeks. If they do, you think any kid good enough to have already signed with a college is going to take that risk? And many top prospects will have already enrolled at their college for spring semester.
Dammit, meant for end of thread.
Hell, no. Any kid who has signed a binding scholarship offer regardless of level of play would be crazy to play in a spring season.
I guarantee those who have already planned to enroll early aren’t going to change their mind.
geez… so now there is a black national anthem. Where do we go from here dawgs.
My guess is the Playpen. Beautiful song. Been around over a hundred years.
I said 2 months ago that spring football wouldn’t happen for this exact reason. I believe some commenters told me I was a fool for saying that. If CFB moves the season to the spring, they aren’t going to have television slots due to already existing contracts for other leagues and sports. Players at the top of the draft board aren’t going to play. Others will leave their teams for draft prep as soon as their team is out of the playoff, conference championship, or a bowl game slot (speaking of which, have the conferences even discussed this plan with the bowl games?).
“Every guy on our team is a potential cornerback right now.” — Kirby Smart, AB-H, 3/2/21
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