As discussed in countless articles over countless years. The NCAA has antiquated rules that are in no way driven to protect the “student-athlete” experience. I bring that up only because that’s why you can’t pay these kids, because they’re students and we have to protect that, right? Well if we have to protect them from their selves and protect the integrity of this process…shouldn’t the promises the coaches make factor in as well?
As the college football season dwindles down and the college basketball season starts to gain steam. We’ve already seen a departure of three coach’s in the college football ranks that probably surprised quite a few. Bo Polini, maybe not this one as he had completed 7 seasons in Lincoln and the Cornhuskers never really accomplished much. Mike Riley, this is an absolute stunner, but maybe the least problematic of the three we’ll discuss as he was seen as an Oregon State lifer but had struggled to compete in the last few seasons. Gary Anderson departing Madison for Corvallis might be the biggest head scratcher from the outside looking in as this would seem to be a step backwards.
You’d have to think these coaches all either directly or through implication said they’d be at their respective universities for longer than this season, and hell they may have meant it. And in Polini’s case he didn’t make the call. But to hold a young man to a “contract” or commitment they’ve made without holding their own feet to the same flames, doesn’t seem fair.
They argue the kids should make a commitment to the school not the coach. I argue the coach makes up part of the school. I argue if a kid should choose an institution not a member of that institution why pay so much to retain professors? Why spend so much on facilities and campus aesthetics. Because all students should make choices based on the school right. That a load of it and we both know it; I for instance chose my college because my wife went there and I wanted to be near her. Had she at some point come to her senses and dumped me, I would have left that college and had no restrictions or punishments. If they’re truly “student-athletes” why not let them act like the kids they are? Why not let them pick a school for whatever reason and if that reason changes, let them move on to a different school if they think that’s in their best interest? Because what matters here is the student athlete right?