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Big Ten supports eliminating freshmen eligibility

Posted on: July 28, 2011 5:50 pm
 
CHICAGO – In the past week, SEC commissioner Mike Slive and ACC commissioner John Swofford laid out some drastic proposals concerning the future of college football. On Thursday, a couple of Big Ten coaches and Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany threw their support beyond an old idea that might become new again: freshman ineligibility.

“One thing I’m for is taking away freshmen eligibility,” Nebraska's Bo Pelini said at the Big Ten’s Football Kickoff. “ I think that could be the best thing that could happen to college football and probably college basketball and athletics in general.

“It would be a tremendous move. I don’t know if there’s a lot of momentum for that. I think making freshmen ineligible would help in a multitude of different ways.”

Up until the early 1970s, freshmen were not eligible to play. Delany brought up the idea to his coaches during the Big Ten’s spring meetings.

“Taking that first year and letting them get acclimated on campus, taking pressures away of having to produce as heralded recruited players,” Iowa's Kirk Ferentz said. “I think those would be healthy for football.

“I don't know if [that’s] practical. I don't know if we can work those out. That might be a great thing that would slow the recruiting industry down too. At the end of the day it would be great for the prospects and student-athletes.”

Pelini also believes it would improve the recruiting process.

“Let’s slow this thing down a bit,” Pelini said. “Ultimately that would be one of the changes, would not only help football wise and academically, but I think it would help the recruiting process and help the sport in a number of ways.

“There’s a pretty big division what people think on that subject, but I like that idea.”

Pelini also said he’s for proposals that would increase the minimum GPA for incoming freshmen from 2.0 to 2.5 but cautions “you have to be careful you don’t limit opportunities for kids.”

Ferentz also supports increasing the GPA for incoming recruits, while LSU’s Les Miles and South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier said last week they were against higher GPAs for recruits.

“The important thing is for young people to understand at a young age when they're in high school doing well, doing well early, instead of trying to catch up the last couple years,” Ferentz said. “It's going to take a cooperative effort from a lot of different folks.”

Comments

Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: August 11, 2011 1:57 pm
 

Big Ten supports eliminating freshmen eligibility

Ok this is just not a good idea whatsover first of all. Most teams recruit QB's by the budle and usually sign like two or three at a time. This way every few years you always have a few upper classmen guys filling the positions. Just about every programs starts freshman during rebuilding seasons and freshman often flourish as much as any other players.

Like take Robert Woods of USC for example and he is not a reshirt freshman mind you. He was our best WR last year and a beast on special teams and his game time experience last year will lead him to being one of the best in the country his sophomore and junior year.



Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: August 8, 2011 5:49 pm
 

Big Ten supports eliminating freshmen eligibility

No you don't, I root for Penn State.

so you say but for all i know you could just pick a school with no sanctions against it in a poor and sad attempt to best me in my own words. 

If you were asked, you really didn't self report.... 

but after being asked about one of the scenarios we gave more than the ncaa could have imagined, and self imposing punishments on ourself too. not exactly something many schools do.

Glad you agree. 

Now your taking something from context in order to try in another failed effort to make me eat my words. This is actually kind of childish for someone of your stature. What are you 5 years old?

Now here's the main thing, out of all of the schools who have been busted over the years we've been the most complient. We didn't cover it up or destroy any of the evidence that would suggest it happened like auburn, we took care of it while the accused were still in school unlike usc. And we self imposed an entire season vacated. a season that we worked hard and did nothing wrong. GONE. Oh and the bowl game that wouldn't have been taken away was given up too. You see you can say we haven't been classy at all as much as you want. It only shows how truly ignorant you really are. We still have one of the most class-filled programs and one of the most prestigeous pragrams. Those of you who try to take it away from us for tatoos and selling personal property need to just get over it. But hang on let me guess despite how strong this is as a whole, idiots like you are going to be childish and take one or two lines from context removing its purpose and simply just making it a statement, only so you cna make a point of your own. Thats really sad. 



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:24 pm
 

Big Ten supports eliminating freshmen eligibility

dear ozark (which im taking as arkansas because i am literate) the gpa is for incoming freshmen which would be highschool gpa.  i guess i do not have to stress my previous point of the further north you get the higher the gpa but arkansas is pretty south so i will thank you for your support and prompt example of that point. I do however appreciate your spelling of kinesiology which is the study of movement (insert move north here).  SO, the highschool gpa is the issue here which futher limits the "challenged athlete" without all the "tudors/cheaters" in college so the chances would actually be about 100 times more difficult for these "on the field superstars/in the class morons." -c's



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:13 pm
 

Big Ten supports eliminating freshmen eligibility

the further north you get the higher the gpa, but then you hit detroit, michigan...  never happen...  nice try pellini. soon you will be on the choppin block for some indiscretion just like everyone else.  mo money, mo problems. more success, more scrutiny. more wins, more haters.  thats why the buckeyes, duke and every other winner is hated outside the confines.  i myself will take the satisfaction of kickin everyones a55 and then getting the publicity from all the losers like all the ones posting and yearning so badly to be the winners.  please copy and paste this post as it is relevant to about every ridiculous story these jokers get paid to write about. peace out -c's-a-leo



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:00 pm
 

Big Ten supports eliminating freshmen eligibility

If you can't pull a 2.5gpa on a FBS program, you need serious help.  These guys have personal tutors and their classes arranged specifically for them in addition to being excused from class for athletic-related activities half the time.  Plus, 90% of them are in communications or kinesioolgy which are hardly legitimate majors.



Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 1:38 pm
 

Big Ten supports eliminating freshmen eligibility

Dear American Banned,
    Would the AD at a school, like Penn State, publicly support Coach Paterno and yet behind the scenes try and push hard for Coach Paterno's resignation? (Not picking on Joe, Penn State fans, he deserves to go out on his own).  Banned you have been reading the  NATIONAL sports media, report the same story now for 9 months, try to put a different spin on it, SI did a real good job on the players of ALL the Buckeyes mentioned in article only ONE had anything to do with the owner.  The State of Ohio must be involved to because they found NOTHING wrong with the car story.  EVERYTHING that has happened at The OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY has not been pleasant to deal with but the school, the coach, the staff, and the players have shown nothing but CLASS.  Oh about Pryor? Ask yourself, What would Coach Paterno recommend?



Since: Sep 11, 2010
Posted on: July 29, 2011 12:33 am
 

Big Ten supports eliminating freshmen eligibility

LOL if you raise the gpa to 2.5 across the country the SEC teams wont be able to field teams in footbaal or basketball.



Since: Apr 26, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 10:37 pm
 

Big Ten supports eliminating freshmen eligibility

Self reporting the entire thing after being asked
If you were asked, you really didn't self report....



 forcing our head coach out even though he's the best thing that ever happened,
You had no choice.  OSU knew this, the vest know this.  Ohio State would have kept him if they could.



self imposing vacating a whole season and the sugar bowl

They are doing this in hopes that they don't get hammered harder.


locking out our star quarterback for 5 years. 
Banniing a guy who has declared for the NFL does not make you classy.  Again, you really had no choice and did this to try to avoid a harsher punishment.

Yeah you're so right we don't know anything about class.
Glad you agree.

Look at the facts before you sound completely retarded bro.
Pot, meet kettle.

We know more about class and integrity than you or anyone you root for ever will.
No you don't, I root for Penn State.







Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 10:25 pm
 

Big Ten supports eliminating freshmen eligibility

Sullinger - Maybe you should get your facts straight.  When Tressel initially resigne, Gene Smith publicly denied forcing him out after mo2 months of publicly supporting him.  Only when they handed in their report to the NCAA did they finally say they had asked for his resignation.  Even though they allowed him to officially retire with benefits. And as far as banning Pryor goes, they only did that to help him qualify for the Supplemental Draft.  ohio st has shown no class during this mess.  Of course, neither has the NCAA.



Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: July 28, 2011 10:07 pm
 

Big Ten supports eliminating freshmen eligibility

What does Ohio State know about class?

Self reporting the entire thing after being asked, forcing our head coach out even though he's the best thing that ever happened, self imposing vacating a whole season and the sugar bowl the ncaa said we were elibible for, and locking out our star quarterback for 5 years. Yeah you're so right we don't know anything about class. Look at the facts before you sound completely retarded bro. We know more about class and integrity than you or anyone you root for ever will.


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