I’m picking Saban to go first and Dabo to say something aw, shucks stupid. Whom y’all got?
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Everyone will be a lot more concerned about their workload and risk and the interference with their educational pursuits this represents when they believe they’re also raking in tons of that sweet NLI cash.
I think you’re right, but I’m really interested in whether any “second tier program” coaches, like Harbaugh, Fitzgerald, Shaw, Cristobal, Mullen, Fisher (you know, the guys who can’t crack 4 but who could frequently participate with 12), eventually weigh in. And which ring they throw their hat.
All of this whining reminds me as to why these guys are overpaid gym teachers.
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At first blush it sounds like coach whining, but I think worries about opt-outs are real. There will be many more opt-outs from bowl season for teams that fail to make the expanded playoff field – those games really do become truly meaningless when bowl season gets even more watered down. And at some point, players on winning teams are also going to start taking a long, hard look at the wear and tear that a potential 16 or 17 game run is going to put on their bodies and start doing some serious cost-benefit analysis. Especially when the players look at the money that will be going to the schools and not to them, even with NIL benefits coming from private sources, is a shot at a title worth the risks to your high dollar future? And to be clear, I can’t really blame kids for either opting out or considering it – it would be on my mind, too.
I wonder if the NIL agreements the players will surely have to sign will prohibit opting out of any games? I can’t imagine the private businesses that pay a player for endorsing their product would like like their product to be associated with a quitter.
If a player had to pay back all the money he had been paid for NIL if he opted out of the bowl or playoff game it might make the decision a little tougher.
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My money would be on Gus Malzahn.
We will have gone from 12 games in 1999 to 16 or 17 in 2024 (or whenever). That’s a lot of extra wear on the perennial playoff team rosters
The new playoff format will definitely add some games to the contenders season. I think it will eventually be 16 teams so the first round can be on campus. That is going to be a lot of games for FBS players. I know ND State and DII make it work, but they aren’t playing against guys like Jordan Davis either. I think they need to drop one of the regular season games. I believe they added the 12th game in 2005, drop it.
Lastly if the 12/16 team playoff doesn’t kill the bowl system opt outs will. 40+ bowl games will quickly dwindle once the playoffs are expanded.
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Who brought us 40+ bowls games? You think their gonna lose money on fewer bowls or cha ching $$$$$$$ more money for less bowls. After all Mickey can cut back on travels, cameras and ehhhh the Beth Mowens
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