We laughed at the Big Ten after both Ohio State and Michigan State suffered losses to Virginia Tech and Oregon, respectively, during week two of the football season. We thought they were done. It turned out that they got the last laugh with the Buckeyes rolling to a title and Michigan State rallying for a Cotton Bowl win. Well, we are about to be laughing at them again.
From The Diamondback:
The Big Ten is hoping for support from its member institutions to begin a “national discussion” about ruling freshmen ineligible for football and men’s basketball, according to a document obtained by The Diamondback.
The University Athletic Council met [Thursday afternoon] to discuss a proposal the Big Ten is titling “A Year of Readiness,” which equates to a mandatory redshirt season to examine “the health of the educational experience.”
Is that not the stupidest thing you’ve ever heard in your life? Hell, half of the really good freshmen basketball players are one-and-done guys anyway. That’s why baseball has the best strategy: You either go pro after high school if you’re drafted or you go play college ball for three years before being eligible for the draft (unless you go to JUCO).
Sure, there was a time when freshmen players weren’t allowed to participate, but that was before 1972, when people still believed the wishbone was the best offense. Yes, it’s the Big Ten’s way of trying to put the whole “student” part back into student-athlete — and it might be a way to combat the paying players argument — but you won’t find the SEC, Big 12, Pac-12, or ACC following suit. It’s like the Big Ten wants to make recruiting easier for the rest of the Power Five schools.
If this proposal happens to go through and I’m a recruiter at Texas, Alabama, Oregon, or Florida State, here is what I’m saying to a potential recruit who can make an immediate impact: “You could definitely start at Ohio State or Michigan, but you’ll definitely start here your first year, where we actually let freshmen play because we aren’t full-blown idiots.”
As Cardale Jones once said, “We came here to play football, we ain’t come to play school.”.
[via The Diamondback]
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