The story of college football, in two sentences

Short and sweet, from Andy Staples ($$):

Because schools don’t want to label the athletes as employees — this began as a workers’ compensation dodge and continues because people making a ton of money tend to want things to stay as they are — there is no current way to structure the sport in a manner that doesn’t allow the wealthiest programs to dominate it. In fact, pretty much every rule made to level the playing field over the past century wound up being used in practice to widen the gap between the haves and the have-nots.

There’s your tradition unlike any other.

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14 responses to “The story of college football, in two sentences

  1. dawg100

    Yep, and “unintended consequences” also remains undefeated.

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  2. theotherdoug

    and that’s why the lesser conferences can’t bring themselves to agree on a new playoff format. Whatever they choose will certainly benefit the SEC and make it near impossible for their teams to compete.

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    • That’s why the alliance is going for 8 with 5 auto bids, a Go5 bid and 2 at-large. The most the SEC can get is 3 and that requires Notre Dame not to be deserving. In most years in this scenario, you’ll have:

      5 Power 5 champions
      1 Group of 5 champion
      1 SEC at-large
      1 B1G at-large / Notre Dame

      In a 12-team format (especially with OU and Texas), you‘ll have:
      5 Power 5 champs
      1 Group of 5 champ
      Notre Dame most years
      2-3 SEC at-large
      1-2 B1G at-large

      SEC gets possibly up to half the pie in a 12-team playoff compared to 1/4 of the pie in the 8-team.

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  3. Derek

    …and NLI makes it worse…

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  4. gurkhadawg

    Limit scholarships to 50. Instant parity.

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    • HirsuteDawg

      Nah. The big boys would just NIL ’em with no scholarship and the little guys couldn’t keep up.

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      • gurkhadawg

        Probably. It would take Saban and Kirby about 2 weeks to come up with a work around.

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      • MGW

        50’s way lower than necessary, but a scholarship cap, roster cap…. Whatever…. If a team is allowed less players (on scholarship or otherwise) then players who would have been at the best schools, and now can’t go there, must play elsewhere; the trickle down effect cannot be denied. It can be done and would definitely work. I’m just amazed the non-top 20 or so schools haven’t threatened to do it.

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    • Harold Miller

      Imagine the new men’s sports with 2 sport athletes that would create.

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      • A school like GA could use the 15 basketball scholarships for football. It would add greatly to the football program and would hardly make a difference in basketball.

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  5. Rest assured…under the guise of “doing it for the children” any new proposals will only be aimed at harming the kids with any combination of more games, less access to money and less freedom where to pursue their chosen education and career prep. Want to be a top lawyer? Go to Harvard. Doctor? Johns Hopkins. Engineer? MIT. Live with your parents for life? Tech. NFL player? You can’t go to Bama, it ain’t fair!”

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  6. “…there is no current way to structure the sport in a manner that doesn’t allow the wealthiest programs to dominate it.”

    For sure, when schools start paying players, the wealthiest programs’ domination will be reinforced. Because the wealthiest programs could afford to pay more, right?

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  7. J.R. Clark

    “We had to destroy college football in order to save it.”

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  8. “Amateurism, if you can keep it.”

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