Damn, it seems like college football these days is consumed with crises. There’s state NIL legislation, of course, where we’re told chaos will envelop the sport at the end of the month if the feds don’t do something about it. Then there’s playoff expansion, where we’re told if something isn’t done to let mediocre Pac-12 champions have a chance to get blown out by Alabama, fans will abandon the sport in terrifying numbers.
Then, there’s the new transfer rules.
As I mentioned yesterday, it won’t happen soon because there are enough coaches out there who know Nick Saban would game that for maximum benefit, just like he does with everything.
But there’s another reason not to rush into anything. 2020 was the mother of all outliers. Because of COVID, the NCAA granted every player another year of eligibility. That’s left us with a number of… um, marginal players who are now playing with house money. If you’re someone who’s been given an extra year you were never expecting and you know that won’t get you much in the way of on-field time at your current school, why wouldn’t you take a chance on the transfer portal to see what might turn up?
So, while the numbers might seem staggering — an average of 12 scholarship players, remember — they aren’t likely to be sustainable. It’s not sensible to rush into dramatic change (not that that’s the NCAA’s strong suit, anyway) when it’s too early to tell how the new transfer rules are going to play out.
Besides, I’m kind of enjoying Tennessee’s predicament. 25 to the portal is staggering.