You know, it’s funny. I was assured that NIL compensation would be the death of college sports, that fans wouldn’t support players who were paid to appear on billboards, that envy would consume locker rooms as players who didn’t sign deals would resent their teammates who did, yada, yada, yada.
Well, let me tell you, it was a real shock to see reality catch up with Jordan Davis yesterday. I’ve never heard a stadium so quiet when a player was introduced to the crowd.
Okay, it was Senior Day. That doesn’t count.
How about the time the crowd booed when he came out in the jumbo package?
Probably just the usual excitement when the Dawgs score. You know, Big Team, Little Me stuff.
Well, you know after the game, everyone just left the stadium, rather than recognize a kid who selfishly decided to make some money off his Georgia connection.
The point to all my sarcasm is that it isn’t whether we ask kids to bleed for their school for love, not money that makes college sports special. It’s that kids are willing to do so, regardless of the surrounding circumstances. Jordan Davis’ face on a billboard shouldn’t ruin anyone’s enjoyment of the game. It certainly didn’t affect anyone’s at the game yesterday. Including Jordan’s.
The pisser is, it shouldn’t have affected Todd Gurley’s, or A.J. Green’s, either.