LAMM AT LARGE: Time to restrict college football’s ‘arms race’

LAMM AT LARGE: Time to restrict college football’s ‘arms race’

By: David Lamm
I don’t care who won the national championship. I don’t like where college football is.

The Alabama-Clemson rematches are only part of the problem. Look at how few teams have made – or even contended for – any of the Final Four spots in the CFP’s 4-year existence.

College football has always been the top heaviest of the big-time sports. But I believe it’s gotten worse and the NCAA needs to step in and get control of the “arms race” going on at the top. I’m talking about the amount of money some schools have and their willingness to indulge 18-year-old recruits with ridiculously lavish facilities.

Don’t give me the “that’s the American way” garbage. The NCAA isn’t a business. It has lots of restrictions on schools – the number of scholarships allowed, the number of assistant coaches and dozens of rules what players and recruits can personally receive.

The more expensive “goodies” schools offer, the more wide-eyed, gullible recruits they get.
And the more top-heavy college football becomes.

Now that we’ve had time to digest another college football bowl season, criticism is raining down from coast to coast.

Look at all the empty seasons. What about the lower TV ratings? Why reward schools for mediocre seasons?

My take: What’s wrong with giving the players an extra game and coaches a jumpstart on next season?

My second take: Nothing will change until the sponsorship money dries up. As long as Taxslayer, for example, is willing to finance the Gator Bowl, that’s the company’s business.

My third take: As long as ESPN is okay with the programming of so many bowls, that’s its business.

I watched four complete bowl/playoff games and parts of another dozen or so. Often, I found a “Matlock” rerun more enjoyable. That’s my business.

My final take: Find something else to whine about.