MLive: Talks to come about players sitting Outback Bowl

MLive: Talks to come about players sitting Outback Bowl

December 5, 2017

There are some good bits in here about the upcoming bowl game and some other random pieces of news (LINK).

There are also some good bits beyond the jump.


  1. Comments: 533
    Joined: 9/13/2015
    Dec 06, 2017 at 1:38 AM

    Let me translate. I am a player and I want to showcase my skills and if I do plenty well then I will bail out on my team at the appropriate time. There is no ‘I’ in team but there is an ‘I’ in NFL DRAFT PICK or BIG PAY DAY.

  2. GKblue
    Comments: 268
    Joined: 8/11/2015
    Dec 06, 2017 at 8:47 AM

    I can see a head coach wanting to know what his players intend well in advance of bowl preparation. You have to prepare for the bowl itself and for next year.

    JH’s quotes to me seem to coddle the process and the players thinking of sitting out. Is this symptomatic with more than a few examples lately of our team as soft? I understand a players personal investment into his NFL future and health, but I wonder about the future of the team concept as I/we knew them in my generation.

    I wonder if the NCAA will change redshirt and eligibility rules to allow guys to play in bowls and perhaps generate some excitement and to reward those that stick around through the extra practices and the bowl season.

    • Comments: 533
      Joined: 9/13/2015
      Dec 07, 2017 at 1:57 PM

      Great idea although you incentivize players to sit out. Fans do realize that you are creating a mindset where players sense their draft status with agents and then start bailing out as soon as they are a top 3 round pick right? Why not just leave school altogether to start training for the combine?

      Be careful what you are tolerating with players. Why didn’t Hurst just stop playing after 7 games? What makes this bowl game somehow more risky than playing against Minny?

  3. Comments: 963
    Joined: 1/19/2016
    Dec 06, 2017 at 9:43 AM

    Last year I thought the idea of skipping out on your team’s Bowl was selfish. This year, after my own son’s career may be over after a weird hit, I’m on the other side. Why risk your future, and MILLIONS for a second (or third) tier Bowl? Now, if I’m a teammate of a potential draft pick, I’m advising him, “do what you have to do, we’ll win this for you!”
    Agree with GK, if this trend continues, let youngsters play without burning a Shirt

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