When all you have to talk about from the past week of action is people arguing over uniforms, coaches trolling schools, and players apologizing for trash talk … then it’s a slow week. We did have one big thing, though, with Northwestern’s football players taking a private vote about whether or not to unionize. That story will be the main talking point for most college football fans as this off season drags on.
1) It looks like this issue won’t going to go away anytime soon. You have players wanting one thing and the coaches in charge of them, wanting another. Mixed signals are being sent back and forth to the eligible players voting, about the pros and cons of a union.
In my years of working, unions are bad news. Players unionizing will change everything in college athletics. The focus is still turned to just the Northwestern football team, but everyone should know this will go global to all athletes at that school and change athletics as we know it. At least they are getting unlimited meals now.
2) Change is good right? Unless you are Penn State. Changing the uniforms seems to be a heated debate among players and fans of the Penn State program. We all know Penn State to be the simple uniform combinations. Nothing more, nothing less. If the players wanted more “style” in their uniforms, then Penn State is not the place for them. If this is the only problem your program is facing during the off season, then things are going pretty well.
3) Who would not love Steve Spurrier as their coach? He is the guy who gets the results, on the field and off. The biggest things Florida fans enjoyed while he was their coach, was the way he would poke at rival schools such as Tennessee or make funny comments about star players at the school such as Peyton Manning. The way he “trolled” Tennessee and Alabama … classic Spurrier. More coaches need to be like him, as it would certainly liven up the message boards.
As the off season progresses, we can get started talking about the upcoming games to start off Week 1. Maybe give some predictions and see how far off I am. If anything, just keep a microphone near Spurrier and we’ll get some more media gold.
Until then, we can focus on the Northwestern players and how they might destroy college sports. Let’s hope the union gets shot down, but the NCAA can wake up and do better to help the players making the $millions for their schools.
1. Kiffin wins title
2. Texas is sorry
3. Duke finds a new home
4. Joe Pa back at Penn State
5. Texas not playing for title
Jeff Hostetler may not have won a Super Bowl with the Giants ( though his uncle of the same name did). He has been an obsessed college football fan living in Florida ever since the Gators beat FSU in the Sugar Bowl to earn the UF’s first national championship.
Ever since Jeff has immersed himself in everything possible related to college football. He enjoys watching, writing, playing, and otherwise obsessing over all things football. A graduate of the University of Florida, he brings a perspective to FishDuck free of our extreme green & yellow homerism glasses to look at the current landscape of collegiate athletics.
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