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The school doesn't owe them a thing, except guidance and formation
The responsibility for the decision to enter the portal should fall squarely on the student-athlete as he has sole accountability of his life. His family should be consulted to offer him sound guidance, as should the NCAA and the school. The mission statements of the NCAA and the schools tend to reference the formation of young athletes/ students for life. The NCAA and the school should not make any attempts to deter; they should only inform.
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I think it is incumbent of the NCAA to protect the student-athlete from a risky decision
I agree that the transfer portal has empowered the student athlete to make decisions for their playing career, and I am not advocating for strict controls; rather, I am suggesting that the NCAA may need to analyze the outcomes of decisions to enter the portal and provide clear guidance to these young players about the gravity of their decision. Whatever the reason for their entrance into the portal (and you are probably correct that it is playing time as #1 reason), it is still a dangerous proposition for the student-athlete. The decision to stay or go should, rightfully, reside with the young adult making the decision.
As The Spun article points out, roughly 74% of players (636) that have entered the portal, since August 1st, 2021, remain on the portal. It’s unclear how many of these athletes remain in school on their own dime, perhaps taking out student loans. According to the transfer portal rules, the school is no longer obligated to honor the scholarship once the player enters their name in the portal. So, my question is asking whether these athletes remain as students or do they end up ceasing their education. What if they don’t complete their education while waiting on the portal? What effect does that have on the individual?
Analysis is needed
I think that some deep analysis need to be done on the transfer portal since its inception. They need to look at the number of players that have entered, the top reasons they entered, and the percentage of successful transfers. They also need to look at the % of student athletes who did not get picked up from the portal, how long they languished on the portal, and whether they returned to any school or did not complete their education. This article, below, says that only 26% of transferring players get into new programs; 74% of those that enter the portal remained on the portal, opportunity lost. NCAA needs to tighten up the rules for the transfer portal.
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Wasn't interested in the slightest
College football needs some change or there will be a continued groaning at the CFP. All the new changes in college football (i.e., transfer portal, NIL, etc.) are not having a positive result. The CFP sucked again. But I am glad Nick Satan lost this year. College football needs Alabama to rotate out of the limelight.
The transfer portal is causing kids to give up, maybe, their only shot at a decent education in hopes of getting a shot at a championship level team. 1000s have hit that transfer portal in order to get onto a better team or with a better coach or more playing time. I would argue that most won’t see another team room, and fall out of the education opportunity afforded to them. I think it is imperative that the NCAA protect these kids. Joel Klatt has an article about this out right now. Players need to strenuously warned that entering the portal is dangerous as there are no guarantees. Perhaps players should be allowed to announce that they are interested in a transfer, and given a period, in the spring, to have teams reach out to the players. Then, if a team is interested, then they can transfer out to another program; not out with little chance of being picked up. Of course, they could still go if they want to go. How many kids are leaving their perfectly good programs in hopes of ending up in Columbus or Ann Arbor or Tuscaloosa, only to never even sniff one of those opportunities?
The NIL doesn’t help either. Texas A&M’s booster bought their #1 recruiting class this year, in hopes of bringing the title to College Station in a couple years. Is that right? Bryce Young netting over a $1M in NIL money AND his full-ride scholarship to Alabama. Is that right? Are we going to see a never-ending arms race in booster-funded recruiting? Will people like Phil Knight (Nike) dump $50M into NIL opportunities for Oregon Duck recruits? Why not have some Silicon Valley tech billionaire dump $100M into NIL funds for Stanford? It’ll never end. Is all this alright with everyone? I think that the NIL needs stringent rules imposed. If a player surpasses, say 250% of the annual college tuition of your school in NIL funding, you should sacrifice your scholarship. Teams should also not be allowed to benefit by that change, and their rosters should be by headcount; not scholarships.
The CFP needs more teams in the playoff. We need the Cinderella team to beat the reigning champion by happenstance. We need to see all these great teams leaving nothing on the table in playoff semi-finals. Otherwise, the CFP will remain a snoozefest where 1 or 2 SEC teams whoop on 2 other teams before replaying the SEC Championship game.
Maybe we just need a champions league where the best 24 teams only get to play each other the next year for a chance at the Natty. And maybe bottom 4 of the Champions fall out (relegated) and the top 4 from the rest are promoted into the champions league. No more cupcake football games on Alabama’s schedule.
IDK…I was bored by the CFP. I barely watched a half of the NC. Blah.
The college football season ends for me tomorrow after the Irish beat down the Cowpokes.
Let’s Go Irish!!!
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Another unwatchable CFP/ NC
What can I say…these playoffs suck.
I was hoping Cinch would’ve put up a fighting chance. Nope, and now we have another Bama ‘ship looming. Can’t root for Bama.
Georgia v Michigan. Guess I root for GA because fuck Michigan. So then it becomes a repeat of the SEC Championship.
We really need an 8 or 12 team playoff.