Urban Meyer: If college football moves to spring, top prospects should sit out

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If the COVID-19 pandemic pushes the college football season into the spring of 2021, Urban Meyer would advise players who are expecting to get drafted to skip it.

Meyer, who won national championships at both Florida and Ohio State, said he doesn’t think it’s in a player’s best interests to ask him to play a season of college football from January through April and then be ready for an NFL minicamp in May.

“It’d be hard for me not to advise them and tell them to play,” Meyer told Yahoo Sports. “To play in spring and then go play in OTAs in the National Football League, that’s not fair. . . . If you have a chance after you fulfilled your commitment to a university to go and earn a living playing football, I don’t know if I’d advise a guy to play a spring season before going to the NFL draft.”

Some smaller conferences, including the SWAC and Ivy League, have already postponed their fall sports. Those conferences don’t send many players to the NFL. But if a Power 5 conference were to do the same, that would likely result in dozens of players skipping the season.

14 responses to “Urban Meyer: If college football moves to spring, top prospects should sit out

  1. Even if college football stays in the fall this year, top prospects that will.get drafted next spring should sit out to avoid the virus and get their NFL rookie contract.

  2. Meyer is a dolt but I’ve thought the same thing myself. A hamstring pull in April could really hurt a guys draft stock.

  3. Agree with him but have a feeling he would think differently if he was still coaching .

  4. Urban Quitter advising players to quit on their teams and leave them high and dry? He’d know more than anyone about bailing on teams and quitting, that’s for sure.

  5. I’m sorry but I can’t imagine trying to play football north of the Mason-Dixon line in January and February, especially in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Dakotas. All I can say is those teams better all have indoor practice facilities.

    Here’s another thing….in a normal season a player could get injured during the season but still have several months to heal and get ready for the draft. If they play in the spring and someone gets hurt, they won’t be healed in time for the combine and the draft and that would almost certainly hurt their draft prospects. Is that fair to those guys? After all, the NCAA says it cares about their athletes. They care more about money though.

  6. If the player is there on an atheletic schlorship they should absolutely play, thats what they agreed upon for free education

  7. And if he was still coaching he’d be demonizing those players and crying about how disloyal they were being.

  8. College football will be a terrible product if it plays this fall and a worse product if it plays this spring without stars #screwed

  9. Just put necessary protocols in place and play. Covid is going to be with us in the spring, too–it’s not going away–and teams/schools will face all the same mitigation issues then that they do now. You can’t have every sport playing in the spring–it would be a freakin’ mess. We have to learn to manage the risks and push forward. You can’t hide under the bed for a year and hope the pandemic goes away. It may be less of a problem in the spring than now–but it will still be a problem.

  10. whenwilliteverend says:
    July 24, 2020 at 8:56 am
    I’m sorry but I can’t imagine trying to play football north of the Mason-Dixon line in January and February, especially in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Dakotas. All I can say is those teams better all have indoor practice facilities.

    Here’s another thing….in a normal season a player could get injured during the season but still have several months to heal and get ready for the draft. If they play in the spring and someone gets hurt, they won’t be healed in time for the combine and the draft and that would almost certainly hurt their draft prospects. Is that fair to those guys? After all, the NCAA says it cares about their athletes. They care more about money though.

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    Valid point, but another piece to the puzzle is the revenue that football brings in for the schools. Especially the larger schools. The revenue from football helps support other sports, and in some cases, educational programs.

  11. If college is not playing in fall, it’s not going to happen in spring either as coronavirus symptoms aren’t going to go away (as influenza will be be rampant). The only way it goes away is if it’s really just political. Remember the football season is normally played out over 3 plus months (March to June?).

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