TFW the best things in life aren’t free

A couple of proposed changes being considered by the NCAA’s Division I Transformation Committee sure seem like manna from heaven for the SEC.

Personnel limitations: This change would eliminate the limit on the number of coaches who may be employed by an institution, and it may or may not be paired with a concept to eliminate all personnel designations (volunteer coach, grad assistant, analyst, etc.). Schools could pay for as many full-time assistant coaches as they can afford. And little things like who is or isn’t allowed to wear a headset during games wouldn’t matter anymore.

Team financial aid limits: This may not be fully fleshed out until later in the summer because it would require corresponding legislation regarding limits on roster size by sport. But the idea would be that conferences or schools could decide to offer as many full scholarships for as many sports as they can afford. If you really want to be good at baseball, you can put every single player on the baseball roster on a full scholarship. The thinking behind this idea is simply: If college athletics is supposed to be about opportunities for young adults, then why are there arbitrary caps on team financial aid in any sport? If you can afford it, you can do more. This would be a significant shift for a league like the SEC, whose schools are set to receive more money than anyone else in annual distributions from media rights deals and sponsor fewer sports than their peers in the Big Ten or Pac-12. Basically, the idea is schools could decide which sports they want to invest most in to be nationally competitive…

(With regard to the latter, my understanding is that wouldn’t apply to college football.)

Nick Saban with an unlimited budget for full-time assistants?  Can you imagine how many people ‘Bama would flood the recruiting market with?  Or, for that matter, Georgia?  And that’s before you even get to the concept of rich schools simply raiding their less financially blessed brethren to poach good coaches.

Yeah, the transfer portal and NIL are going to be the death of college football as we know it.



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9 responses to “TFW the best things in life aren’t free

  1. Gaskilldawg

    Allowing Jordan Davis to endorse Morgan & Morgan caused this.


  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    Wow, I can’t even imagine the level to which Alabama will grossly overdo the staff!


  3. 69Dawg

    Bear Bryant approves of this rule.


  4. whb209

    69Dawg, I think Kirby also approves of this rule.


  5. This will not help them prevent an SEC-SEC Natty.

    And also… this is kinda ACTUALLY doin it for the kids. 😉


  6. Granthams Replacement

    How long until an NIL “collective” fully funds walk ons so A school can get around the scholarship limits? Hell how long before the collective handles every player so the school isn’t giving scholarships?


  7. I’m sending my application to Kirby to be his North Colorado Springs recruiting coordinator. I’ll be a bargain at $150k per year, but I get a headset to listen in during games remotely.


  8. Tommy Perkins

    I don’t have an Atlantic subscription. How would the latter be impacted by Title IX? Isn’t it still 1:1 in terms of the number of schollies you give out for men and women?


  9. uga97

    But Saban & Jimbo don’t need these unlimited resources to NOT Tamper. Why?
    Because they don’t do that, they don’t know anything or anyone about that, and hey sure as hell don’t need to change a dadgum thing!