Illinois Football Recruiting Thread

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What I foresee is the death of college football and basketball. I sincerely hope that’s not the case, but free agency money is flowing with almost no controls. Maybe it always did, but the FBS is becoming the new professional league. If I were the NFL owners (or a college football coach), I might be a little concerned . . .
But concerned about what? That the minor league players are now profiting before getting to the big leagues? This isn’t the death of college athletics but its modernization.
 
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In the 8 years of the college playoffs, only 13 teams have taken the 32 playoff spots. Only 6 schools have made it to the championship game with only 4 schools winning national championships (Georgia could become 5th schools. Not really sure how NLI will make things worse let alone cause the death of college football.

And FYI, Caleb Williams is not going to EMU.
Maybe Shahid Khan will offer up what he’s paying Trevor Lawrence for Caleb Williams. It’s allowed now, right? 🤪
 
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But concerned about what? That the minor league players are now profiting before getting to the big leagues? This isn’t the death of college athletics but its modernization.
We can agree to disagree. It’s not modernization when the structure goes from a regulated entity that is member governed to one that essentially has no rules now. I’d like to see the university presidents step in and say “Football and basketball are no longer sanctioned sports. We will cede these two activities to the NFL and the NBA as the athletes are now being paid, and are therefore professionals.” Athletics are not central to core mission of the university system, despite the fact that we all love college sports (well, actually Illini sports 😉).
 
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I’d like to see the university presidents step in and say “Football and basketball are no longer sanctioned sports. We will cede these two activities to the NFL and the NBA as the athletes are now being paid, and are therefore professionals.”
THAT would be (quite formally, as you describe it) the death of college football and basketball.

Big time college sports finally having gotten too absurdly commercialized this time to possibly continue is an evergreen complaint all the way back to the 19th century.

So long as a Saturday in the fall can still rouse the passions of a college campus, college football will be fine. Sucking all of that passion into a series of dull blowouts played in distant urban NFL palaces as an antiseptic brandless tournament in January is an existential threat to that. Paying the players over the table rather than under it will rankle some, but so long as it doesn't induce even further surges in transfers (another fairly grave threat, and it might), it will be business as usual.
 
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Interesting? Seems to me, in the era of NIL, that it was a great write-up by the marketing department of our DIA

At this rate we can fully expect a Coward-19 pause next year when ILFB visits UMFB on Oct 29, 2022

Great "article". Got to hand it to BB, we are getting help from all over.
If these write-ups helped, Rees Woodcock would be on payroll
 
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