Jets rookie blasts rule keeping him from getting to work

AP

Jets rookie wide receiver Shaq Evans is trying to get a better job, which is the ostensible reason for going to college.

But as one of the players falling victim to the league’s rule preventing rookies from schools on the quarter system from joining their teams until their college class graduates, he’s found himself behind already.

And he doesn’t like it.

“I really don’t understand it,” the fourth-rounder from UCLA said, via Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post. “If I’m not in school, it shouldn’t matter. It’s ridiculous. I hope the league changes it, because it definitely sets players back. It’s a silly, silly, stupid rule.
“I’d love for the [NFL Players Association] to take it on and at least make it more beneficial for the players. I don’t see how it benefits anybody, really.”

The NFL’s free farm system benefits, because it allows the NCAA to beat its chest about its commitment to the education of its unpaid interns. And while NFL coaches would certainly love to have more access to their employees, they also know which battles to pick.

“I don’t think I can win with that one,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said. “It’s been going on a long time, and Nick Mangold told me [he] loved it because he was on the quarters system at Ohio State and got to miss [NFL practice time]. But it’s weird, because it’s not uniform.”

But it is entrenched, and the simple matter of players affected by it complaining about it is unlikely to change anything.

19 responses to “Jets rookie blasts rule keeping him from getting to work

  1. College students aren’t part of the NFLPA so why would they take on something that benefits college kids who aren’t paying union dues.

  2. Just have a buddy wing uncatchable balls over your head, and then jog back to a cardboard cutout of Geno Smith.

  3. college athletes are not unpaid interns. they are given 10s of thousands in free education, room and board, free food, free state of the art training facilities, free popularity. If you want to pick up an actual pay check get an actual job.

    just stop the whole crusade against “boosters” and let people give them their money if they want to.

  4. This would benefit a player from a university that uses the quarter system. It would give them time to graduate before their NFL career started.

  5. He was in school for 5 years . . . probably going to summer school each year. If he had already graduated he would not be held out of practice, sounds like his fault.

  6. “If I’m not in school, it shouldn’t matter.”

    But, why aren’t you in school? Your classes are still in session. Did you graduate early?
    ———————-
    He did graduate early knucklehead that’s the point!

  7. Why can’t this be fixed? Why can’t a university grant a drafted player a release that would enable him to join his team?? It’s not like there are large numbers of players that are affected by this rule.

    Grant an academic release to these few guys who played well for their schools and were talented enough to be drafted into a professional league.

    Let them go so they can commence their professional lives. It’s their Commencement. Let them commence.

  8. If he was in school and his finals are completed, the rule doesn’t make sense, but I think the purpose of the rule was to discourage players from dropping out their last semester. If he dropped out in violation of the spirit behind the rule, there’s not much sympathy here.

  9. This rule is odd to me. It seems like you could tweak the verbage a bit and have it work for everyone.

    Graduate early? Come to practice.

    Didn’t finish and want to? Go to class.

    Didn’t finish but decide to leave the school after hiring an agent? Come to practice.

    Seems just a bit to simple to remain a problem.

  10. Geno Smith was the third best deep passer last year and will improve even further with weapons. Ask the Patriots about his deep balls,they got hit with several.

  11. duffelbagsports says:
    Jun 18, 2014 10:52 AM

    “If I’m not in school, it shouldn’t matter.”

    But, why aren’t you in school? Your classes are still in session. Did you graduate early?
    ———————-
    He did graduate early knucklehead that’s the point!
    _________

    Far be it from me to stick up for Carl, but there’s nothing in the story saying that he graduated early. If he had already graduated, the rule wouldn’t apply to him. He just stopped taking classes, which I’m sure Carl knows is not the same as graduating.

  12. duffelbagsports says:
    Jun 18, 2014 10:52 AM

    “If I’m not in school, it shouldn’t matter.”

    But, why aren’t you in school? Your classes are still in session. Did you graduate early?
    ———————-
    He did graduate early knucklehead that’s the point!

    ———-

    He did not graduate early. He graduated this June. He was studying for his last class, Scandinavian Literature, at the same time he was studying the Jets playbook. And, there’s no need to resort to name calling, but I understand — I’d be angry too if I had to root for the Jets.

  13. Nowhere in the story or comments is the REASON for this rule explained. He’s not playing any more college football, and his eligibility is gone. So what, if he drops out of school the last quarter? Why is it important that his class has graduated? If this is something the NFLPA has negotiated for, then they aren’t doing their membership any favors.

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