It was a big day Wednesday for college football players around the country. Two pieces of legislation were passed by the NCAA that give them a break.
The biggest question is why it took so long and why these were ever rules in the first place.
But I digress.
The biggest story was that players can now be in games for up to four games and still count it as a redshirt.
This is good for the players and even better for the coaches. If a team is down to its last three cornerbacks late in the season, the coaches have what is basically an expanded roster.
But it’s good for the players as well because they can get some important experience and speed up their development without losing a season of eligibility.
I remember the old days when coaches used to tell players to fake injuries so they could claim a medical redshirt, and it wasn’t that long ago. How idiotic was that?
Again, why did it take until 2018 to make what seems like a smart rule a rule?
The other change is that coaches can no longer block where a transfer can go to school. There have been a lot of people in the media screaming from the top of the tallest buildings that this needed to happen, but there was always some resistance built on paranoia.
If he goes to that school, he’ll tell them all of our secrets. Right?
The coaches had too much power and that has been lifted and maybe it was lifted because college football knows that it had better keep doing things for the players to avoid having to pay them.
Or maybe it was done because it’s the right thing to do. I just question why it wasn’t the right thing 10, 20, 30 years ago?