We begin today with an interesting story from The Virginian-Pilot about potential changes that could be coming to NCAA football regulations.
Satellite camps got the headline, but there is a lot to consider.
- Camps could be banned (don’t bet on that) or they could be limited to a 10-day window (probably a good idea) and/or they could be replaced by similar events hosted by NFL teams (that’s interesting as I expect the NFL is going to have to start investing a lot more money in player development at the college level and below moving forward).
- The date prospects are allowed to sign letters of intent could be moved to July 31 (although this is a good idea, it won’t happen either).
- Official visits could become allowed before a player’s senior year begins (this is a must)
- Coaching staffs could grow by one to include a coach “who would mentor players and help them adjust socially and academically.” This sounds like a good idea but may or may not be necessary given the expansion of football personnel who don’t count against the nine-coach limit in recent years. It might essentially mean someone in that position had a job that paid better and/or was more official.
I’m all for an early signing period, but there probably would be unintended consequences to consider. Maybe that’s just the cost of doing business.
Major recruiting players like Ohio State have a fine line to walk now in how they hand out “committable” offers during the spring and summer. Urban Meyer has gone on record saying he prefers to have a few slots open for late bloomers who have great senior seasons, a smart practice to be sure.
Having an early signing period would not preclude that, but it would present a lot of players with an interesting dilemma (assuming this would create two signing periods, as is the case with basketball). If you are on the cusp of being a high-major prospect — holding offers from lesser Power 5 schools but still on the radar of bluebloods like Ohio State or Alabama — do you go ahead and sign or wait to see who else offers in November or December?
Probably even more players would find themselves firmly established as at worst third-tier FBS prospects with the potential to earn an offer from a Power 5 school.
Right now those kids can verbal one place to essentially save a spot, but both sides know things could change depending on a variety of factors. Sometimes prospects get better and sometimes they get worse. Sometimes someone else jumps on board to change the potential depth chart and both sides come to the conclusion there might be better options out there.
No one would have to sign early (I’m guessing), but it would be hard to resist the security signing early could present — for both sides.
Also worth noting: None of these proposals, save the ones involving satellite camps, are likely within a year of actually being implemented.
(H/T Matt Brown at SBNation)…
Meanwhile, there will be a Game 7 on Sunday night in the NBA Finals, and I can’t help but wonder if the Cavaliers have permanently stolen the Warriors’ mojo.
NOT to get too reactionary, but the defending champs haven’t looked comfortable for most of the last two games, and it would be foolish to pretend Cleveland getting after them defensively didn’t have something to do with it.
LeBron James’ gang got into Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, et al, and have them rattled. They haven’t moved the ball or gotten the type of shots they usually do, and they don’t seem to be playing with the swagger that became their calling card during the season. They’ve also missed some shots they normally make.
Bullies don’t like being bullied.
Even after the Cavs won a game, I didn’t see the Warriors as being in much danger, but a lot has changed in a short amount of time. With Andrew Bogut out and Andre Iguodala hobbling, the depth deficit is significantly different than it was when the series began. Obviously the absence of Draymond Green was a big factor in Game 5 — apparently not just that night but also in the confidence it seemed to instill in the Cavs in front of their home crowd Thursday night.
The Splash Brothers have been up and down throughout the series, and now James has turned in two transcendent performances in a row while Kyrie Irving has looked like a No. 1 overall pick, too.
Thursday night, the deciding factor was arguably the next wave of players after each team’s superstar duo, though. The other three starters for Cleveland outscored the other three starters for Golden State by a combined score of 36-13.
No predictions here on Game 7 as this series has already had such wild momentum swings, but the factors trending in Cleveland’s direction include the play of its superstars AND glue guys as well as the aforementioned Golden State injury problems (which don’t equate to Cleveland losing Irving and Kevin Love last year, admittedly).
And yet I still feel like it’s the Warriors’ game to lose. They haven’t played well the last two games. How much of that is because of the Cavs is tough to tell.
The phrase “most Cleveland sports thing ever” gets way overused, but rallying from the brink of extinction to lose in the end anyway would actually be pretty Clevelandie…
But if the Cavaliers win, does LeBron’s legacy change forever for the good? One would think so, but then noted over-reactor Adrian Wojnarowski’s fairly bizarre argument for the positive has me thinking there is a way for the answer to be no.
If he wins, there is a certain respect he’ll have forever and a memory that will never go away, but leaving immediately afterward would certainly tarnish both. To suggest otherwise is just ridiculous.
As a Blackhawks fan even seeing them have to ship away important pieces after Cup wins stung a little, and those were unquestionably all necessary moves made by management, not the player. And they weren’t Toews and Kane or even Keith or Seabrook or Hossa leaving. Nothing compared to the hometown hero who already left once and still has a tendency of playing with fans’ emotions.
Leaving immediately after one would leave another scar, though obviously at least some feeling it was worth it.
Anyway, this is also a ridiculous topic the day after his second straight magnificent performance, but I guess that’s the world in which we live…
Sounds like Dayton was LIT for the return of the Wright brothers from a series of flight exhibitions in Europe…
Andy Dalton is comfortable with the Bengals new OC because he is the Bengals old QBs coach, but there are still a lot of guys to get broken into new spots. That new OC, Ken Zampese, has been in Cincinnati as long as Marvin Lewis, having joined the coaching staff in 2003 when Jon Kitna was the starter and Carson Palmer was essentially redshirting…
Have a great weekend!