Nick Saban And Kirby Smart Are Basically Predicting Football's Demise Because A Couple Players Skipped Bowl Games
CBSSports- It's been seven months since Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey skipped their bowl games, but their actions have created one of the hottest topics of the offseason.
What if, Saban wonders, ducking out for the pros before a bowl game becomes a college trend? Or worse…
"Same thing will happen in high school if they make the signing day before the season," Saban told CBS Sports. "It will take a few years, then some kid will say, 'Hey, I'm going to Notre Dame. I'm not playing my senior year.'
"Then the high school coach will go nuts."
"It's a major negative to me because it takes away from the team aspect of the sport," Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. "… Are we going to get to a point where someone commits to a college and says, 'I don't want to play my [high school] senior year for fear of injury?'"
Full disclosure? I find myself mildly disappointed by these quotes. You'd think that disappointment would stem from the fact that well compensated, highly esteemed college coaches are making a goddamn mountain out of a molehill because - for once - a select minority of athletically superior student athletes have finally chosen to take back a small sliver of power by sitting out meaningless games that could jeopardize their immediate financial future.
Shockingly, the opposite is the case. For the sake of humor, I actually wish that Nick Saban and Kirby Smart put a little more effort into drawing up fictitious dots just to connect them to the impending death of high school football. Can you imagine if they spent a couple more hours spent concocting reasons why it's wrong for unpaid laborers to opt out of risking their health in one last incredibly physical game that would be worthless if not for it's ability to put money in the pockets of everyone except for those participating in it? Surely they could have found a way to link the inevitable demise of society as we know it to their starting running back's absence from the lineup in their senseless season finale.
Think about all the absurd ways in which college football coaches blatantly ignore just how big of an injustice it is that they are basically paid millions to run a dictatorship whose success is predicated on the hard work of kids that can't get gifted a meal without being the subject of an investigation. You mean to tell me two of the best in the game couldn't draw up a better doomsday scenario than high schoolers with scholarships deciding not to play their senior year? Shame on them. If they absolutely had to paint some picture in which the sport or the coaches - at any level - are the victims then they should have used that brush to stroke a fire that was inevitably capable of burning the entire landscape of the billion dollar bullshit business that is collegiate athletics to the ground. They lubed up this supposed "slippery slope" with their nonsensical posturing, they might as well set it aflame....if only for the comedic purposes of those that know exactly what they are trying to do.