NFLPA votes to repeal “junior rule”
Over the weekend the NFL Player’s Association voted to repeal the infamous “junior rule,” which barred agents from contacting college football players until after they were out of high school for three years. The rule was inspired by the Reggie Bush investigation at USC, which netted the Trojans a vacated BCS title, loss of scholarships and a two-year postseason ban. More recently we have seen North Carolina be slapped with a one-year postseason ban (podcast), Ohio State receive a similar punishment, and players suspended at South Carolina and Georgia. We are also patiently awaiting the NCAA’s decision on how to handle what went down at Miami.
Following the North Carolina situation we saw some of the most powerful college football coaches in the game, Nick Saban and Urban Meyer, address their concerns with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. When Goodell isn’t suspending players (or coaches) he generally seems to be a guy that has the best interest in the good of the game at heart, even if he is misguided with some ideas.
My gut reaction is that the NFLPA’s decision to repeal the junior rule opens a path for some dangerous waters in college football. We know that not all agents live by the rules. While the NFLPA monitors agents and certifies them, there will always be somebody every now and then who wiggles around the rules with not-so-innocent intentions.
With this recent decision, how concerned are you, the college football fan, that we could be in store for some more dirty news in the future? Or am I completely misguided in my line of thinking here (it happens, I’ll freely admit that.” Let me know what you think in the comments section below.
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