The college football world continues to react to yesterday’s news regarding the latest developments for the players union movement. The National Labor Relations Board ruled in favor of the College Athletes Players Association by suggesting college football players at Northwestern should be considered employees of Northwestern. Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney reacted to the news following a practice on Wednesday, shaking his head at the latest developments.
“We’ve got enough entitlement in this country as it is,” Swinney said, according to The Post and Courier. “To say these guys get nothing totally devalues an education. It just blows my mind people don’t even want to quantify an education.”
The idea that student-athletes already get a free education has been contested before, but remains one of the biggest sticking points for those opposed to the idea of a players union. Swinney has long been adamant in stating players should not be paid, and according to a recent HBO Real Sports/Marist Poll the general public is on his side. Swinney goes on to explain his reasoning for his logic by saying he did not get in to coaching for the money.
“I didn’t get into coaching to make money – coaches weren’t making any money when I got into coaching,” Swinney said. “It’s what I wanted to do with my life, and I was able to do it because of my education. That’s what changed my life. That’s what changes everybody’s life.”
Swinney was given a huge bump in pay with an eight-year contract in January, paying him a reported total of $3.15 million in 2014 with raises in the following years maxing out at 3.45 million per season starting in 2016 through 2021. According to a database of coaching salaries compiled by USA Today, Swinney was paid $2.5 million in 2012, making him the third highest paid coach in the ACC.
Oregon touched the ball 15 times in its 41-24 win over Colorado on Saturday night. Jeff Lockie played seven of them, including the first. Taylor Alie played eight.
As long as Vernon Adams nurses his broken finger, this appears to be the plan for the Ducks.
“They’d both done enough good things in practice last week to merit playing,” head coach Mark Helfrich told the Oregonian. “We just felt looking at the game plan we could parcel out aspects with each.”
“Of course you want to get into a better rhythm but that’s how it goes,” Lockie said. “We’re just going to play the best we can and as long as we’re winning games, there’s no problem with me.”
Lockie completed 8-of-11 throws for 54 yards with an interception while rushing five times for 18 yards. Alie connected on 4-of-9 throws for 83 yards and a touchdown while adding 22 yards on five carries. Not quite Marcus Mariota numbers from either signal caller.
“It’ll just depend on the game plan,” Helfrich said of Alie and Lockie. “I think those guys they have differences. There are some strengths and weaknesses to different areas of their game and so we’ll think about that going forward of just how the Washington State game plan comes out.”
With Oregon playing Washington and Washington State (combined Pac-12 wins thus far: zero) before a tough closing stretch, Helfrich and company have time to alternate signal callers.
The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.
Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.
And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.
That group breaks down as follows:
- Ohio State
- Michigan State
An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:
- Ohio State
- Boise State
Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.
None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.