|icbizzle - Refactor Mercilessly|
|icbizzle - 3618 Posts|
|So, what does everyone think about the change in the ruling on Clarret and the other young'ns? I was just watching OTL and they were talking about it. I was very impressed with the arguments of ex-evildoer Robert Smith. He was actually trying to make valid arguments unlike Jim Brown. Anyway, his stand was that there shouldn't be any restrictions after high school graduation. If some players are ready after 1 or 2 years in college, then they should have the opportunity to play in the NFL if they choose to. Why should they risk injury playing for free in college if they are good enough to play in the NFL? There seems to be two main arguments against such a policy. One, that players that young aren't physically ready for the NFL. The truth is that many of them probably aren't. No one is saying that every college player should play two years and then go pro, but there are always exceptions. Sophomores could be playing against guys that are 3 years older then them anyway. As Robert said, if a guy isn't ready to play in the NFL, he'll never get on the field anyway. The second argument is that it will be "bad for the game". That argument is usually followed up by 0 reasons as to why that would happen. They try to say, "Look what has happend to basketball." Are they referring to the fact that 12 of the top 20 scorers this year started their rookie season before they were 20? The union is also supposedly against the idea. A few players leaving college early will result in a few career bench warmers and a few washed up veterens getting the boot a year earlier, but other those few people why would the union be against it? I have yet to hear any decent reason why the rule should be kept in place and I hope Clarret and Williams get to be in this year's draft (although it doesn't look like they will, but hopefully the rule will be removed for the next draft anyway.)|
|Jeremy - 8953 Posts|
I dont understand how theres an argument against it. ESPN interviewed several lawyers who actually said it's illegal to not let anyone in.
If the players aren't ready for the NFL then they wont get drafted. It's that simple.
I really feel bad for Williams, he's like the doctor in field of dreams, he came out, did nothing, and now can't go back.
|the way that person played Mario 3 was scrumtralesent.|
|Jeremy - Cube Phenomenoligist|
|by the way im not sure what "cunfusing" means either.|
|icbizzle - But let history remember, that as free men, we chose to make it so!|
I'm sure Williams knew the consequences of hiring an agent, but at the time it looked like they were going to be allowed into the draft. Also, he could be taking the chance that if the rule is upheld, people will feel sorry for him and there will be either a one-time exception to the rule, which is very unlikely, or the NCAA will at least give him back his eligibility. And if he really thought that he was going to be allowed into the draft, then signing an agent fairly soon is to his benefit because his agent can start talking to teams for him and keep people interested.
Anyway, the latest news is the Clarett has taken it to the Supreme Court and Ginsburg has ordered the NFL to provide written documents by 9:30 eastern on Thursday. The NFL thinks that the lower-courts ruling will be upheld, but in 1971 the NBA faced an almost identical situation and lost, so it will be interesting to see what happens.