Thankfully, Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffery saved the day and gave the college football diehards something to talk about in the lulls of December.
The LSU running back and the Standford running back will miss their respective bowl games so as to “prepare” for the NFL draft.
There are two sides to the story (maybe 3 such as individual personal factors or the unknown such as Fournette or McCaffery’s personal circumstances, things happening at the school, inside the locker room and stuff like that).
A) Fournette and McCaffery are their own brand, product and now enter adulthood attempting to financially benefits themselves as best as possible.
B) Both Fournette and McCaffery made a commitment and received free room and board to their respective programs, and to participate in their respective team’s games if at all possible and healthy.
Both sides of the story are both right. Fournette and McCaffery should not be criticized simply to preserve their draftability and personal health prior to their first NFL season and professional career.
On the flipside one can think is there a lack of commitment to the football team or school from both of these guys?
Who is making the decision to sit the game out, an agent, a family member, the head coach? Or are these guys making the call themselves.
So no big deal. Well not quite.
As Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports points out, this is only just the beginning.
The Bowl system may be destroyed by the actions of and decisions of two.
Wetzel writes “It’s just there is also nothing wrong with the other way, the way Christian McCaffrey just uniquely busted open for plenty of future stars to follow.”
The worst nightmare for AD’s and Bowl organizers is if post-season games are treated like exhibitions where star players are held out for health. A) No one would watch these games, by-in-large, save for diehards B) certainly travel and ticket sales for such bowl games would be decimated.
A) No one would watch these games, by-in-large, save for diehards B) certainly travel and ticket sales for such bowl games would be decimated.
How do you enforce it?
How can you force a sure-fire NFL draft pick to play?
You can’t penalize it.
You can only adapt.
One possibility might be the ushering out of Bowl games for the Power 5 conferences where most of the top draft picks reside, and a move to a more broad playoff system, which could include 6, 8, 16 teams.