College football reaps what the NCAA hath sown.

Kirby Smart’s lament:

The problems he mentions are all matters that anyone with half a brain could have seen coming a decade ago.

Unfortunately, nobody at the NCAA had half a brain.  Convincing themselves that they (including the schools who employ Emmert and his minions) have been the smartest people in the room all along has been quite the trick.


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18 responses to “College football reaps what the NCAA hath sown.

  1. Ozam

    Unfortunately the NCAA (read: the universities) was more interested in being woke than recognizing the winds of change. Nature abhors a vacuum. College football as we know it will be dramatically different within the next decade. Thank gawd we won it this year!!

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  2. rigger92

    I’d be interested to know who these coaching greats are that are leaving, surely he’s not thinking MuLLLen……..


    • classiccitycanine

      Bob Stoops and Chris Peterson come to mind.

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    • unionjackgin

      When I heard the comments, I was thinking less about people like Stoops & Petersen, but more immediate thoughts like Monken going back to the NFL.


      • miltondawg

        It’s no secret that Monken’s name keeps getting talked about for NFL OC jobs. There are still eight jobs for HC in the NFL open and there may be one or more that are still not filled for another month (or at least not officially announced) and all of those will be looking to fill an OC or co-OC role. It also isn’t a secret that life in the NFL, while a grind during the season, is easier in the sense that outside of the season it is more of a regular job. I fully expect Monken to get at least an offer by this time in February.

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    • Harold Miller

      you misspelled MuLLLLen.


  3. originaluglydawg

    There’s only so many coaching jobs in the NFL.
    Where else are these guys going to make millions of dollars?
    As some leave for the NFL or retire, younger coaches will replace them. Some will be great and some will be tinder for dumpster fires in places like Knoxville. But the demand will be there. Maybe the great ones do all matriculate to the League. That will make the pretty good / almost great ones in greater demand in CF.
    Florida may be the template for the procedure. Since SOS and UM left for the NFL, they’ve usually been just another pretty good team (not that there’s anything wrong with that). We’d sure better hand on to CKS.

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    • Russ

      If you make $10M a year for a few years, I’m guessing you could just retire.

      I’m glad Kirby brought this up and I hope it resonates. There’s no way any of these coaches can maintain that strain for 15-20 years (or more) like the past. Saban is 70 so he won’t be doing this many more years. But Kirby is 46. We’ll be lucky if he’s still coaching at 56 given this pace. It’s unsustainable.

      The fixes would be simple/easy. Just ban recruiting visits/contact during certain times of the year, and have one period for players to sign.

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      • Down Island Way

        CKS will continue to “always be crootin”, will collect a few of those 10 million $ checks, stuff a couple more of those big ass trophies in the trophy case, satan will be out of alabamia, with that target date for getting out at 56, feels about right, the Smart house hold be empty with everyone in college somewhere, god bless Kirbs, Mary Beth and the whole house hold…GO DAWGS!


  4. 79dawg

    “College football reaps what college football has sown” – everyone using everyone as much as they can for the past 40 years or so is finally catching up to them, which is why the sport is becoming so unhealthy, IMO…. Glad we finally got one before it all turned to sht!

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  5. thenewandimprovedtronan

    Kirby’s publicly alluded to the college coaching grind at least a couple of times lately. But I haven’t heard how he thinks things could improve and what it’d take to make those corrections. (I’m also hoping he’s not telegraphing his intention to leave.)

    As far as the NCAA is concerned, it combines the myopia, self-importance and social unawareness of academia with the worst business school ideas of about 20 years ago. Like alcohol and night swimming, it’s a winning combination.

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  6. 69Dawg

    I wouldn’t suppose to interpret what he meant by “the wrong people” but let’s face it the NCAA and the president’s and universities that enable it are only interested in one thing MONEY. Now they have spent fortunes on lawyers to kick the can of amateurism down the road but damn it’s time to just do the right thing. If the schools don’t want to pay the athletes as employees of the school then let the boosters do it. This NIL thing is going to be a) impossible to enforce without 10,000 enforcement personnel or b) a matter of saying one thing but turning a blind eye to the boosters. If a rich booster doesn’t want to see a good player leave early pay him to stay. File those 1099’s and be done with it.
    The NCAA should stick to the rules of the games and that’s it. What a student athlete does with their limited time, as long as it is legal, should be none of their business. Even the legal stuff should be left to the schools to enforce. If the B1G doesn’t want it’s student athletes to get outside money then kick them off their team or out of school but don’t presume to tell Alabama they have to do the same thing.
    Spilt FBS into two divisions, Power 5 should be autonomous from the Group of 5 anyway. The only reason I can see for them to all be in FBS is ESPN needs fodder for their bowl games and regular season scheduling for P5.
    Rant concluded pass the Tylenol.

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  7. SouthsideDawg

    Not disagreeing with Kirby’s point there about the grind and the off-field stuff. But College Football will reload with new coaches. Change is inevitable given the current climate…. and… the MONEY.

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  8. cowetadawg

    Coach Kirby was pretty frank about the grind in that interview. I suppose that’s why he’s paid the big bucks, but a man can’t be “on” all the time and remain happy and effective. I’ll be real interested to hear the terms of his new contract; more the years than the dough.

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  9. spur21

    Josh Pate floated what I thought was a great solution. I posted the link in another thread.


  10. We need to lock down Coach 30 before the NFL does.

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  12. ben

    I missed this yesterday, but I’ve heard similar things from high school football coaches. The pressures at the collegiate level have trickled down to them, and kids are at school watching tape on Sundays, practicing in the morning before school, traveling all over the state to play. They’ve got pressure from their coaches; from their parents; and from their teachers. And the coaches are saying, “I wish we didn’t have to do this, too, but if we want to compete and keep our jobs, it’s what we have to do.”