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Freshman ineligibility would be a boon for college football

2/24/2015

1. The week before Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon resigned under pressure last October, the university athletic department announced the price of football student season tickets would drop from $42 per game to $25 this fall. That's what they cost in 2009, the year before Brandon took the job. The steady price increases alienated students, perhaps the biggest of Brandon's many miscalculations. In a statement Monday releasing more details about ticket prices, student government president Bobby Dishell said, "This is a big step in the rebuilding of the relationship between Athletics and students." Halleluyah.

2. I don't get the cynical reaction to the idea of bringing back freshman ineligibility. It would be a boon to college athletics, and it would be a boon to the freshmen, allowing them to mature physically, emotionally and academically before they take the field. It would give the top players only two years to play before they could leave for the NFL. So what? I see it as a win-win. The only thing I would suggest is don't call it, as the Big Ten has, "year of readiness." (From the people who gave us Legends and Leaders). Call it what it is.

3. Only three of the top 10 in FBS passing efficiency last season return for 2015: sophomore J.T. Barrett of Ohio State, who may not have a starting job; senior Cody Kessler of USC, who had the best season (3,826 yards, 39 touchdowns, 5 interceptions) no one noticed; and junior Zach Terrell of Western Michigan, who got even less attention than Kessler, despite being remarkably accurate (.679). Terrell threw for 3,443 yards with 26 touchdowns and 10 picks. We find out how he measures up against the big boys early: Western Michigan plays Michigan State and Ohio State in September.