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If he can recruit anywhere close to his three predecessors then he will have much better talent than he ever had at ND. LSU has had talent good enough to win multiple national championships and ND hasn’t had any rosters that could legitimately come close to winning one. Saying he had 12th ranked talent at ND sounds good but there is an enormous talent gap between the top 5 and 12 which has been proven in the playoff games. Don’t just look at recruiting rankings look at the number of players they place in the NFL.
They don’t care about the kids getting an education but the opportunity is there for someone who wants it. Paying players is a tricky subject because for the most part college football makes money but most college sports lose money. If you pay CFB players are you going to be forced to pay all college athletes? Here come the lawsuits. Do you set a limit or is it pure profit sharing? If there is a limit, what do schools that are in the red do? If it’s profit sharing then the sport is dead because there is no draft to level the field. The players are getting a chance to hone their skills and prove their worth to the NFL while living a nice lifestyle and having top notch coaching, medical care, and training facilities. Playing CFB is not torture it is something the vast majority of them love to do. They get to play in massive stadiums and in front of huge tv audiences. It’s a thrill very few people will ever experience. Only a small percentage ever play in the NFL so this is the high point of their lives. Contrast that with minor league baseball where the very top players get nice signing bonuses and the rest get small signing bonuses. They play in small markets in front of small crowds with no tv or notoriety. The lifestyle and facilities are vastly inferior to college facilities. Most never make it to the big leagues and get little out of it. So what is the option? Do you start a minor league that the NFL funds which will limit the number of opportunities and force most into worse situations than CFB? If you pay CFB players how do you keep it equitable? I don’t see any easy solution and fear that the sport is going down a path that will kill it.
Haha I remember that article from a couple of weeks ago.
The reality is fans watch CFB mostly because of their affiliation with the school. Nobody would watch minor league football. If a minor league system were implemented the players would find out quickly that they would have to live a lifestyle that is much worse than a college football player’s lifestyle and have little value until they make it to the NFL. No more over the top housing, training facilities, and no education to fall back on.
Only about 25 of the D1 school’s athletic departments even turn a profit. The top schools make a huge profit but it is another case of the haves and have nots. Are you going to tell schools that are losing money that they need to share the football revenue with the players? If you start sharing the revenue then the gap will continue to widen and some schools will have to shut down sports including football.
Did Peyton dislike LSU players? With all of the talent they have in the NFL the Saints rarely had any of them. Now that Peyton is gone they pick up two. He apparently loves Ohio State players. It’s probably not intentional but it is a strange coincidence.
Rivalries are usually formed by geography. It has to do with alumni/fans living in the same area together. I live in BR and don’t know a single Arkansas grad or fan. The Ark “rivalry” was contrived by the SEC when they joined the conference. For some reason Ark fans think it is a big rivalry. The reason LSU is not another teams biggest rival is there are no in state schools or schools that are close. A&M is the most logical rival based on geography and fan bases living together.
If I had five minutes to spare I could watch his whole season.
Usually the fans that let their feelings be known are the disgruntled fans which is usually a small but vocal part of the fan base. I could see where Bama fans might be a little tough due to the very high expectations, but it is conditional no matter where you play. The coaching staffs vary so it’s possible that the Bama staff was tough on him and the Texas staff is more lenient.
I seem to remember him originally committing to USC then flipping to Texas and going back to USC. I’m not sure if I have the story right but I do remember it being a weird situation.
Jimbo has been a really good recruiter but not this level. The truth is A&M hasn’t won anything of note. The 9-1 season didn’t get anyone excited except A&M fans. No SEC championship game, no playoff game, and nobody really cares about New Years six games. Yes you have great facilities but so do all of the top teams. Great academics have never helped in recruiting and in many cases have hurt. I don’t understand why A&M fans are so sensitive about it. They figured about the system and have more money than most to spend on it.
Roughly 1/4 of the 5 stars went to one school last year. The number of teams that have a realistic chance or winning a NC was already small and it is shrinking.
‘We won because he have the wealthiest alumni” now that is going to bring in fan interest.
What is so crazy about NIL is NFL players in general aren’t killing it in NIL deals. How many national commercials do you see these guys in? Sure there are a handful of top guys but it is very limited and NFL players are much better known than CFB players. It took a super bowl win for Stanford to get a national commercial and I doubt that local deals were very lucrative. NIL is not remotely working working in the spirit of the rule. The players in general were not missing out on much based on their true NIL value. Paying unproven recruits who currently have no NIL value is crazy. They are now cashing in on pay for play not NIL and it is going to kill the sport.
He is a freak but interior DL is not a position that is going to go at the top of the draft in todays game.
There is the danger of using kids to advertise your product for NIL deals.
The draft and salary cap are guardrails in the NFL the help level the playing field. CFB has no guardrails so the schools with the wealthiest alumni (that love football) are going to stockpile the talent. I’m looking at you A&M. Then most fans will lose interest.
I have a mutual friend of someone who is high up in a regional bank and my friend asked him if they were going to get involved in NIL deals. He said they had deals with Saints players in the past and it didn’t turn out well so they weren’t even considering NIL. If NFL players can embarrass your company think about how much damage an 18 to 22 year old can do. Most of us were knuckleheads at that age.
There is little interest in CFB players from a national advertising perspective. Every once in a while a guy will pop up on the radar but it is mostly local to possibly regional interest. The casual fan can barely name the starting QB for most teams in the conference they follow much less other positions. NIL has turned into boosters paying players not about benefitting their businesses. If a player can generate earnings through social media, autograph signings, etc then he has earned it and deserves every penny but let’s not pretend that most companies benefit from using these players NIL. Maybe some small local business can benefit but the benefit only justifies paying a small amount just like any other form of advertisement for a small local business which is how NIL should work.
They did a great job of rising from the ashes but there is a ceiling due to the talent level. Their last four recruiting classes averaged 26th. They are still at the bottom of the west in terms of the 4 year average class (Miss St is about the same). Great coaching and culture helps but can’t overcome that kind of talent deficit. Placing any stock on the 2023 recruiting class in April is comical it’s all about the number of commits not necessarily the quality at this point.
I can potentially hurt if there are injuries at that position like they had at linebacker a few years ago.
How are his NIL deals structured? I’m pretty sure I remember seeing him in at least one ad. Has he been paid? Does he need to refund some money if he leaves etc? NIL is a mess.
Collectives are not paying for NIL they are pay for play. Professional sports have salary caps and drafts which helps level the playing field. The cat is out of the bag in CFB and the NCAA has lost control. The concentration of talent is going to be in a few schools with the deepest pocket boosters. This is the beginning of the end.
This is obviously pay for play. Manning is the only HS player with name recognition and this deal is not likely his. There isn’t a HS player that can return a legit advertising profit of $8m. Would you invest that kind of money to use his NIL considering the bust potential and the potential for him to do something stupid that will embarrass your company? These are 18 year olds that often make terrible decisions. NIL is out of control and will kill the sport if there aren’t some parameters put in place.
The same thing could be said for Bryce Young but that hasn't happened. Some guys seem to be injury prone regardless of their size and some guys with slim builds like Devonta Smith and Bryce Young remained healthy and excelled.
Simple logic doesn't ever apply to Auburn and their coaching decisions.
The cultural fit is BS. People in Louisiana are the same as everywhere else. Win games and they will love you, lose games and they won’t, no matter where you are from. Miles was a strange guy from Michigan. He was accepted into the LSU community until he was no longer winning. Dale Brown is a legend in Louisiana and he is from North Dakota. Saban is an unfriendly guy from West Virginia that was loved until he left. Coach O is as Louisiana as it gets but he lost support quickly once he started losing.
He said Kiner and Goodwin haven’t done much the last two seasons. Is he talking about high school because they are both freshman.
I think it’s funny people pretend that Will Wade is the only coach that was paying players. CBB is a very dirty business which was shown in the FBI investigation. If they go after Wade they will open up a can of worms that will expand to blue blood programs.