Skip to comments.NFL considers banning academically ineligible players from Scouting Combine
Posted on 07/07/2013 10:33:16 AM PDT by Perdogg
In response to the criticism arising from the Aaron Hernandez case, the NFL is considering a change that, in our view, ultimately will have no impact on the decision of teams to take chances on players with questionable backgrounds
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Isn’t that racist????
The NFL doesn’t have a minor league. They depend on colleges to produce players. It’s up to the colleges to have the same academic standards for atheletes as the rest of their students. In addition to that, they’re getting sports scholarships. I’m amazed they aren’t revoked for criminal behavior.
Yes, I believe she is "academically eligible" for the NFL draft.
Screw the NFL.
"Pro Football" is a bunch of thugs in all these pads running a play then having an injury/instant replay review/commercial timeout for 3 minutes... then they run another play. Lather, rinse, repeat. BORING... about as boring as watching cars driving around an oval.
I was spoiled a few years ago that paid for Setenta Sports on DirecTV... I watch rugby now whenever I can... it's that or women's biathlon (when in season).
NBA will take kids right out of HS..or the very common one-and done..whereas the NFL only allows them to be drafted after 3 years of college eligibility have passed. Obviously there’s a discrepancy here, which will end up in court. The NFL doesn’t want to upset the colleges, which provide them with a free farm system.I don’t know how it all ends up. The NBA has the “D” league..maybe the NFL should purchase Arena football, of forget the dumb idea of a team in Europe, and put a “D” league in several European cities. Also, the O’Bannon case hangs over all of this..
This should have some effect on discouraging teams from scouting those players, or being more diligent in their sussing out of those players they do draft outside of the combine.
I don't see anything wrong in that. It might make colleges a bit more diligent in teaching their kids. Some teams might make pledges to not draft anyone ineligible for the combine. College players might work a bit harder to keep their academic eligibility so they can go to combine, especially if they are not name players, and who will need every edge they can get.
its not 3 years of passed college eligibility its three years removed from high school- better known as the Larry Fitzgerald rule....
i’m in the NFL Draft business and can tell you the academically ineligible case won’t pass and won’t do a damn thing...there was an encyclopedia of damaging information available to teams on Hernandez when he entered the draft; most had to do with his habitual use of marijuana and the attitude of he and his family towards the chronic use...this went back to the days he was being recruited by Urban Meyer to Florida- i laughed when Meyer made his “don’t blame me” statement...
the “im invincible, i can get away with anything, they know i’m a chronic weed smoker and can’t do a damn thing about it” has much more to do than any academic issue...
They already tried a D league in Europe, that’s what NFL Europe was, it failed, Europe wasn’t interested in minor league football. And technically the NFL draft delay has nothing to do with college, the players simply have to be out of high school for 3 years, could be in college, could be in semi-pro, could be working at the grocery store, just so long as they graduated high school 3 years ago. The NBA borrowed the idea when they added the one year rule, but in typical NBA fashion they didn’t understand what the rule is about (not making teenagers millionaires, and letting them some of that very important late growth that strengthens bones and overall durability) and failed to do it right. And the NFL has been to court about it, Maurice Clarett sued them over it and lost, then he started getting in trouble with the law and proved the rule a good idea.
This isn’t a bad idea. Too many kids tank their classes when they want to get drafted, instead focusing on their work outs to prepare for the combine. It’s best not to reward them, not sure it’ll really help anything, and it certainly won’t stop the Hernandez’s, but it takes a stand. They should also take a stand on coaches that get in trouble in the NCAA, it’s a sad thing to have multiple coaches “serving” NCAA suspensions by getting paid even more in the NFL.
This should be the colleges’ issue not the NFL’s. If the athletes are academically ineligible then they should not have been participating at the NCAA level.
I read or heard that the actual amount of “playing” time or action for 4 quarters of a football game is something like 6 mintues. I really dont understand how anyone finds it interesting.
Problem is there are 2 months between the last college game and the combine, plenty of time to lose academic eligibility with no real possible consequence (it’s hard to get suspended from games that don’t exist).
How about holding the NFL franchises who draft these scumbags responsible? You don’t need to ban anyone. Despite essentially failing a psych eval, New England chose to draft Hernandez.
When I was at FSU if you needed an easy quarter you followed the football players through registration. They had one course and I kid you not it was called “Trucks and Trains”. :-)
What does academics have to do with football?
I reckon they won’t be using combines anymore. Gonna have to go back to hand harvesting.
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