Something that makes sense (and it involves the NCAA)

FILE - In this April 25, 2018, file photo, the NCAA headquarters is shown in Indianapolis. College athletes will no longer need permission from their coach or school to transfer and receive financial aid from another school. The NCAA Division I Council approved the change Wednesday, June 13, 2018. It takes effect Oct. 15. Standoffs between athletes and coaches over transfers have often led to embarrassing results for schools standing in the way of player who wishes to leave. Last spring at Kansas State, reserve receiver Corey Sutton said he was blocked him from transferring to 35 schools by coach Bill Snyder before the school finally relented after public pressure. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

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?


  1. If players can now still redshirt after playing in four games, then the NCAA should also mandate that all Power Five conference teams have to play at least nine in-conference games and not be allowed to schedule cupcakes from the FCS level. If not, coaches are going to start to sit all the best freshman in every cupcake game on the schedule and also possibly sit them in easier games in their conferences…..just to have those players for an additional year. Currently, we have to watch horrible games on schedules. And now, we will be forced to watch those games without even being able to see some of the best young players on the field during those games.

    • That’s a decent point, it has definite merit as to keeping the shenanigans at a minimum. But, if it means there isn’t a way to get Miami back on the home and away schedule every year, as is FSU, I’d hate to go to 9 conference games even if it does make a certain amount of sense.

  2. I like seeing good intersectional games. I’d keep 8 conference games but I’d like to see ALL power 5 teams play one game a year (make it home and away) with other power 5 teams from around the country. The NCAA would have to do a sort of lottery thing to select the teams but we could be playing the likes of Texas, Oregon, Nebraska, Boston College, (one per year) and all of the other power schools would have to do the same. For the schools that currently refuse to schedule quality teams, this would correct that situation. I wouldn’t mind Miami occasionally, but not every year because we already have FSU every year. There are only 3 SEC teams that have to play a significant opponent EVERY year (UF-FSU, UGA-GT, USC-Clem), we can’t saddle ourselves with another permanent commitment when 11 of them have 0.

    • Well, I get your point for sure, Brewski. 12 games per year, 6 of them (50%) mandated, 3 of them mandated to SEC-West……OK, that would leave some wiggle room to have a couple per your scheme, but as I said, we should get Miami back on our schedule.

  3. ”There are only 3 SEC teams that have to play a significant opponent EVERY year (UF-FSU, UGA-GT, USC-Clemson), we can’t saddle ourselves with another permanent commitment when 11 of them have 0.” -Brewski.
    That is a straight-up, legit point, and mandating games from the NCAA or SEC is NOT something I am interested in. As I’ve already seen the SEC and/or the NCAA screw over U.F. enough in my lifetime.
    See the 1990 SEC Football Championship taken away from Coach Spurrier’s ’90 team. ‘Nuff said!

  4. Tampa Gator we already play 9 conference games with FSU which is as competitive as any team in the SEC,
    A lot of the cupcake teams get a big payday playing SEC teams and that really helps their programs. Some of the cupcakes are not really cupcakes, GA Southern comes to mind.. Gators definitely got screwed in 1990, the SEC should give us back the championship but I digress!!

    • Gatorsteve. FSU is not in the SEC. And that was not my point anyway. Possible manipulation of the new rule by coaches and ways to prevent that possibility….was the point. Do you really like watching Florida play Charleston Southern and Presbyterian type teams every year? At least step the schedule up to Troy or South Alabama as the first game most years, teams that play at the same level as Florida. And if a FCS school cannot support football without playing a Florida type team each year, football should not be a part of that university, in my opinion. I view it as college football welfare.

  5. @gatorgi70x7…I’m not crazy about having the ncaa mandate any more than they already are, but I keep hearing about how difficult it is for power teams of one conference to schedule one in another conference because they are afraid of picking up another loss, especially if they play someone in the SEC. Only the overall governing body could overcome that obstacle, and I’m calling for one game only, all of them scheduled throughout the year. Look at how much interest there was in the UF-Mich game, now imagine that times 40 or more. I can’t believe how many less-than-desirable games there are all season long and even the Gatorsports writers write articles about which will be the best games of the upcoming weekend(s) and sometimes there are amazingly few. I’ve seen more Louisiana-Lafayette/Texas Southern/Cal State Fullerton games than I care to see. It’s good for them unless I just stop watching the inevitable beating.

  6. I’m tired of crazy by the NCAA and its underlying bureaucracies. The scheduling and attendance problem is cured by removing programs from the SEC so the conference is smaller, and then allowing the remaining true SEC teams to schedule good opponents in the other games. I know somebody must have voted to add teams like South Carolina, Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas A&M to the conference but can we just return to the right way of doing things and restore the conferences back to normal? Who created the chaos that has West Virginia in the same conference as Texas while we have teams like A&M and Arkansas that no one is interested in. Likewise, South Carolina should be playing Maryland in the ACC instead of us having to go to their lousy stadium and Maryland playing teams like Michigan State.
    Rivalries come organically from the fans, not from some person in the league office who doesn’t realize they are destroying attendance with constant foolish ideas. I would and have traveled to see the Gators play in towns like Atlanta, Miami, and New Orleans that have also been traditional rivals and I’m for playing UCF, USF, any of the new programs that are serious, but I am not going to Arkansas for anything. Same with Columbia in either Missouri or South Carolina, College Station in Texas, etc. etc.

    • College football is at its core geographic. Why WVA us in the Big-12 is an unanswered mystery, other than the obvious economics. I can tell you first hand, mveal, since I live in Texas, that nobody here actually gives a tinker’s damn about W. Virginia.

      To an extent, the SEC is pushing the limits c Mizzou and TAMU. A&M tho is in East-Central Texas, real close to La, and this part of Texas is about as Southern in culture as it gets. But I see your point when it comes to willingness to travel…..used to be so simple in the old SEC.