Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Leaving Early.


The NFL draft is five weeks away. I had an interesting conversation with a friend recently. He argued that it was wrong for underclassmen to leave school early to enter the draft. I totally disagree. College players are welcome to return to their respective university and take classes on the side to complete their degree. Look at Farleigh Dickinson University. They've established an innovative degree completion program that allows players to receive their bachelors while in the NFL. For these players, playing professional football is a lifelong dream that shouldn't be jeopardized by staying in college. What jeopardy, you say? See here.

It simply makes no sense to stay in college if your shot at the NFL beckons.

11 Comments:

Anonymous little john said...

V-I agree. It's still a free country isn't it (despite FOX News)? Sounds like FDU has a pretty ggod idea. Most universities use the players and then discard them. Nice to see an institution that cares more about them than how they perform on Saturday. Nice post.

2:44 PM  
Blogger Vavoom said...

Extending things further, does anybody believe that there should a limit on how old/advanced a player should be before he can enter the NFL?

6:08 PM  
Anonymous little john said...

I think there is a rule in place right now, but my answer is no. If you are eight and can play in the NFL get after it!

1:28 PM  
Blogger Vavoom said...

At what point is it right to allow a young person to join professional sports? An eight year old, to take your example, is still in his/her formative years.

2:00 PM  
Anonymous sammy bodean said...

First of all, Fairly Ridiculous is not Div. 1, so you can't make comparisions to say Texas or Cal. The NBA has led the way in drafting underclassmaen and high schoolers and it has not been beneficial for the NBA or college hoops.

9:15 PM  
Blogger Vavoom said...

Good point, Sammy. Although FD isn't div. I, do you think that has any bearing on how they've established a decent return-to-school system?

The NFL has produced the European league, which may serve as a decent farm system for young athletes. Look at baseball -- plenty of underclassmen join the farm system. I haven't seen a dropoff in talent as such.

11:36 PM  
Anonymous little john said...

Sammy, ask the Lakers (Kobe), the Timberwolves (Garnett), the Mavericks (Nowitski), the Cavs (LeBron) if drafting high schoolers has been beneficial. Let's see, underclassmen? Magic, Jordan, Olajawon, Drexler, Shaq...shall I continue?

8:37 PM  
Anonymous sammy bodean said...

The league, not individual teams or players. The downturn in the NBA coincides quite nicely with the proliferation of high schoolers in the NBA. A coincidence? I don't think so.

9:08 PM  
Blogger Vavoom said...

Sammy: It's absence of a farm system that has made drafting youngsters dicey. Like I mentioned prior, don't you think baseball has benefitted by drafting young talent? If they don't want to go to school, put them into the farm system. They'll be mature and able once they come out.

9:18 PM  
Anonymous sammy bodean said...

Baseball's farm system has been in place for decades, so it's difficult to make any comparisions to very recent changes in the NBA or NFL. Money is, of course a huge factor. Most baseball players earn next to nothing when first drafted, while eighteen year old NBA players get millions and are often not ready to contribute for several years. However, baseball seems to be going the other way, with more american players coming out of college. Many b-ball and football payers have no business in college, so maybe a minor league system make sense.

10:42 AM  
Blogger Vavoom said...

Good point, Sammy. The knee jerk reaction to a farm system in basketball would likely be outrage. In the long run it seems like the only way to go.

1:28 PM  

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