It sounds like college football is rapidly approaching the point when it won’t have any choice about that.
The National Federation of State High School Associations now allows any form of communication technology during high school football games outside the nine-yard marks, on the sidelines and during halftime. Smart phones continue to get smarter, and college football appears to have no way to prevent impermissible use of them.
“The way it is now it’s hard to enforce sort of unenforceable rules,” said Rogers Redding, national college football officiating coordinator. “You don’t really want officials checking in a team area to see what’s going on. High schools just opened it up and said, ‘Whatever you want to use, go ahead.’ They seem pretty happy about that. There’s always the issue of different resources and what’s available. You’ve got rich guys and poor guys. I’m sure we’ll talk about it.”
“Rich guys and poor guys”, eh? This sounds like a job for AUTONOMY!
And it wouldn’t be today’s NCAA without at least one player-related tricky item.
One unanswered question: Do college players have to sign off on wearing sensors that could be used for commercial use? The idea of tracking sensors comes during a litigious time for the NCAA and its members, who are weighing whether to pay players for use of their name, image and likeness while the NCAA defends the “amateurism” concept.
“Weighing”? More like being forcibly shoved.
By the way, why do articles like this regularly seem to use Urban Meyer to make a point (“Urban Meyer could have more time to commiserate with players and officials in 2015.”)? I think it’s because he’s become the poster boy for the “don’t blame the coaches, blame the rules” crowd. Nice reputation, Corch.
A moment of silence for the passing of Tony Verna, please. And then once you realize what he accomplished, it would only be fitting to repeat it.
On the amateurism front, it may be that we’re seeing the beginning of a shift on the part of the NCAA from belligerent hypocrisy to benign neglect.
Of course, it may simply be that nobody working for Mark Emmert understands the technology behind social media, let alone a way to stop it.
- Jeremy Foley finds his man? “McElwain reportedly has $7.5 million buyout in his contract, but money shouldn’t be a problem at Florida.”
- Helluva resume, Karl Dorrell.
- Tim Tebow is even deader to me now.
- At least Georgia nerds come up with stuff that’s football-related.
- I know one says all kinds of stupid when you’re in a presser announcing the dismissal of a coach, but I’m still having a hard time reconciling calling Brady Hoke a “hero” with this.
- It sounds like Will Muschamp’s on a lot of fan bases’ minds.
- Lost in the disappointment of Saturday: “7 Consecutive 100-yard rushing games for Georgia RB Nick Chubb after he ran for 129 yards against Georgia Tech on Saturday. That’s the longest 100-yard streak since Herschel Walker ripped off 11 in a row in 1982 on his way to the Heisman Trophy.”
In another potential body blow to an already wobbly NCAA amateurism model, John Infante suggests that the next wrinkle in crowdfunding is probably something the organization is powerless to stop.
Ain’t technology grand?
Of course Georgia Tech is doing this. At least it’ll give all those game-playing kids something to spend their virtual earnings on. And on Tech’s end, I’m sure everything will be just Chantastic.
I happen to think that, while the technology still needs work, the idea of a football with a transmitter installed in it to make tracking the position and orientation of the ball more accurate for measurement is a good one. Is it one of those newfangled developments that will meet resistance from the old guard? Sure. But I bet that the technology was developed via funding from Disney will make it easier to overcome that resistance.
The engineers developed this using funding from Disney Research. Not coincidentally, Disney owns ESPN. The researchers initially envisioned this simply as a way to let TV viewers more easily see the ball at home, like the NHL’s infamous glowing puck experiment during the 90’s.
You don’t say no to ESPN easily.