You’ll hear a lot of hype between now and Monday Night when Alabama and Clemson take to the field for the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.
Rather than get into X’s and O’s about this match-up here I want to make sure you hear about some insanity regarding this event.
For the second consecutive season of this Playoff Series one team will get unlimited practice time, team meetings, etc. while the other must adhere to the NCAA’s “20-hour rule.”
All of this comes about because Alabama’s Spring Semester starts on January 13th, two days after the Game. Clemson’s Spring Semester begins on January 6th, several days prior to the Game.
According to the NCAA the Tigers, starting on the 6th, are limited to a maximum amount of four hours a day. Since the Crimson Tide’s next Semester starts after this contest they have no such restriction.
Last season Ohio State was able to conduct unlimited practices and team meetings while Oregon was bound to this absurd rule, again because of the academic schedules of the respective schools.
During the Bowl Season this 20-hour limitation hardly ever comes into play because colleges are on their Holiday break. Yet, even after this went down last season no one bothered to go back and modify the rule this year.
Weightlifting, film sessions, etc. all count as time spent.
This is nuts.
This is big-time college athletics as infected by the NCAA’s Rulebook.
ESPN quoted Ohio State LB Joshua Perry about last year’s situation – “I would say the one thing that was advantageous to us was we weren’t worried about getting a new syllabus or shaking a professor’s hand and trying to figure things out for a semester. Is that a huge advantage? No, because you go the whole season doing the same thing anyway. You’re in class and you’ve got to game plan.”
The point is it shouldn’t even be a discussion point.
I don’t know why the Power Conferences of college football haven’t already broken away from the NCAA and decided to set up shop doing their own thing supervisory-wise. I suspect they simply don’t want the overhead costs running themselves.
But if I was a Head Coach of a team in the National Championship Game you can bet your last dollar I would be breaking that rule daily and challenging the NCAA accordingly. You don’t know when or if you’ll ever be in this situation again. You have to at least be on a level practice field prior to playing on the Championship field.
This is just stupid…which just happens to be the one-word definition of the NCAA.