In a sports league not too long ago that demanded players not be given a 4th meal during a 24 hour period or your school was in violation, we now have players (a few) making over a million dollars in NIL money and now coaches leaving without as much as a thank you to their former school for excess of $100 million contracts. This should be interesting if the NCAA continues to stress academics, as Lincoln Riley turned his nose to Oklahoma, a team headed to the prestigious SEC in 2025, for insane amounts of money at USC, a school that hasn’t won a national title since 2004, and hasn’t won a bowl game since 2017. Yes, that school, dubbed the crown jewel of coaching gigs by the media despite carving through some pretty big coaching names since Pete Carroll left the program in 2009.
Many in the media claim Lincoln Riley’s contract will break records, and that is only one of two big hirings, with several more to go. Brian Kelly, the head coach of Notre Dame, decided to spend 11 whopping minutes and a text message saying goodbye to Notre Dame, a week after claiming there is not enough money in college football to get him to leave. He gets 10 years and $95 million at LSU, and that does not even count the free cars, houses, and private jets these coaches receive. Here’s Kelly really being heartfelt, via text message, to the players that essentially made him rich:
Pete Sampson on Twitter: “Just now Brian Kelly messaged Notre Dame’s roster in Team Works that “I will be leaving Notre Dame.”The plan is for Kelly to meet with the team tomorrow at 7 a.m. Here is the full message pic.twitter.com/sqAl2txZIy / Twitter”
Just now Brian Kelly messaged Notre Dame’s roster in Team Works that “I will be leaving Notre Dame.”The plan is for Kelly to meet with the team tomorrow at 7 a.m. Here is the full message pic.twitter.com/sqAl2txZIy
The crazy thing about Kelly, Notre Dame is still in the hunt for a playoff berth!! Oklahoma has to bring Bob Stoops out of retirement to coach Oklahoma’s bowl game and Cincinnati is about to make the playoffs if they beat Houston in the AAC title game Saturday as their coach is being named for all the new openings at Notre Dame, Oklahoma, and whatever new job opens up, seemingly in the middle of games these days.
Couple that with the fact players can leave mid-season, coaches can get fired, or leave, mid-season and everyone is making bank. I would love the NCAA to finally take control, something they have never done properly, and split D1 into the semi-pro division and the amateur division. Enough of the charades, we know this is a pro system, we felt it was long before this day. Stop pretending you care about academics while you tell us there’s just not enough money to expand playoffs because of travel restrictions, or pay the players directly. Because as one of 12oz Sports’ friends noted on Facebook, there is plenty of money and the NCAA and member schools are proving it before our eyes.
On Twitter, a blue checkmark pointed out that Brian Kelly may have just robbed a bunch of “student-athletes” their chance at a playoff berth:
Brandon Marcello on Twitter: “Might Brian Kelly’s departure affect #NotreDame’s ranking in the #CFBPlayoff? You bet. It’s even listed in the selection committee’s protocols. https://t.co/YI0hGCMFlj pic.twitter.com/g7OdXiLxDy / Twitter”
Might Brian Kelly’s departure affect #NotreDame’s ranking in the #CFBPlayoff? You bet. It’s even listed in the selection committee’s protocols. https://t.co/YI0hGCMFlj pic.twitter.com/g7OdXiLxDy
This is a pro league…not an academically based amateur competition. Time to stop kidding yourselves…
~Michael Patrick Day, Irish Proud & 12oz Sports Writer
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