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Big Ten floats the idea of freshman ineligibility

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Dick Whitman, Feb 20, 2015.

  1. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

  2. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    93Devil strongly endorses this idea and think it should spread everywhere. We need people like Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker learning valuable life lessons. It's More Important Than The Money.
  3. amraeder

    amraeder Well-Known Member

    They were saying on the radio that this was a proposal that had been out there for a while, among most of the Power 5 Conferences. So apparently nothing exactly new.
    BUT - that said, yeah, don't think there's really any problem that needs to be fixed.
  4. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Ohio State's AD actually had a pretty valid point. This is obviously mostly being examined because of the one-and-dines in college basketball. But how many of those are there? Maybe 20-25 every year, from more than 300 teams in Division I? That's less than one percent. So why blow up something that's affecting a ridiculously small minority of players?
  5. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Because of the plunging interest in college basketball.

    It's a marketing proposal dressed up as a student benefit.
  6. RecoveringJournalist

    RecoveringJournalist Well-Known Member

    This is a great idea, because those freshmen at Kentucky look like they need more seasoning before they beat the shit out of every other school in the country.
  7. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    Anybody think they are floating this out there as a bluff hoping the NBA changes the rule?
  8. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    First off, for basketball, any star player will just end up going to Europe for the year and play in actual games rather than spending a year practicing with a varsity team and playing on a freshman team, which is assuming they'll even have a freshman team.

    Second, especially for football, are they even going to have a freshman team, or will they just spend their time practicing against the varsity? And will the school be willing to pay for a second football team? Plus, For many freshmen, they already end up redshirting their first year anyways.

    And third, if they are so concerned about athletes and how they are prepared for college, then why don't they just cut down on the amount of hours that they can practice and prepare for their sport, with no loopholes, and only allow games on weekend or during the week if they're within a couple hours' drive? But no, they just want another thing to hold over the athletes.
  9. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Sure, but that could just send the players over to Europe if they had to sit out a year.
  10. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Baron, they've been saying that would happen for years. There have been a few -- Brandon Jennings and Jeremy Tyler, I don't know if any others -- and the general feeling is that it is a miserable experience.
  11. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    But those players chose that over playing a year in college. If freshmen have to sit out a year, or play in a watered-down schedule on a freshman team, they might rather spend the year getting paid for playing against better competition.
  12. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    No they won't.
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