ACC Football Daily Links — College Football Will Be Dead Within 20 Years

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Monday through Friday each week, we compile the best links on ACC football from around the web.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Why College Football Will Be Dead Within 20 Years (Corn Nation)

A number of articles over the past year have focused on the death of football, with most of them citing long-term effects of concussions and impending lawsuits as the major cause. Last February, Grantland focused on the “concussion crisis” and included such references as the collapse of the Soviet Union, the demise of boxing and horse racing as two of the biggest three sports in the first half of the last century…

O’Bannon vs. the NCAA: 6 Current Players Added as Plaintiffs (SB Nation)

Six current BCS-conference football players were named as additional plaintiffs in the O’Bannon v. the NCAA likeness lawsuit. Arizona Wildcats Jake Fisher and Jake Smith, Minnesota Golden Gophers Moses Alipate and Victor Keise, Vanderbilt linebacker Chase Garnham, and Clemson cornerback Darius Robinson were included in an amended complaint filed by lawyers for former players late Thursday…

Rebuild or Reload?: An FSU Fan’s Dilemma (Tallahassee Democrat)

After the record-setting 2013 draft class Florida State provided the National Football League, there will be plenty of new heads popping up into new roles. While change isn’t necessarily a bad thing, observers from the outside looking in may see the 2013 season as a chance to rebuild, forming a team for years to come…

Scoring Gap Between FSU, Clemson and Rest of the ACC (News & Observer)

As a follow up to the YPP post and Florida State’s domination of the ACC last season, points per ACC game also demonstrates how good both FSU and Clemson were in 2012. Both FSU and Clemson went 7-1 in ACC play last season, no other team won more than five games. Accordingly, the Seminoles and Tigers led the league in average point differential (see chart below), and by a wide margin…

UNC Offensive Line Faces Tough Task to Start (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney made some headlines earlier this week when he said Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd was scared of him. I wonder how how North Carolina guard Caleb Peterson feels right about now. Peterson, a redshirt freshman, is slated to make his first career start at left guard against Clowney and South Carolina to open the season Aug. 29…

Venables ‘Excited’ About Mix of Young Talent, Experience in Secondary (Orange and White)

All eyes are on Clemson’s young secondary, which was identified as the spot to watch this season by both Dabo Swinney and Brent Venables this week. Not returning are three Tigers who played over 700 snaps each last season (Xavier Brewer, Rashard Hall and Jonathan Meeks) – and Clemson is welcoming eight freshman defensive backs, including two rated as top-100 players nationally…

Best and Worst Times to Be a Clemson Fan (Athlon Sports)

About the best and worst of Clemson fandom can be described just by recent events. First, the Tigers are in a good spot on the football field. Dabo Swinney led the Tigers to its first ACC title in 20 years in 2011, and 2012 wrapped up the program’s first back-to-back 10-win seasons in more than two decades. The offense is one of the best in the country, leading the Tigers to a top-10 rank in the preseason…

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6 thoughts on “ACC Football Daily Links — College Football Will Be Dead Within 20 Years

  1. Great link on the story about the future of college football and athletics in general. Scary, but true. It makes a lot of sense when college degrees are becoming more useless in terms of getting a job. There are a couple reasons why it might not mean the end of college football though. If MOOCs really do become more common than traditional classes, then schools (like Georgia Tech and Cal in the article) will incorporate them into the University, and likely raise the costs to attend MOOCs too. While I agree that colleges are somewhat of a 4 year resort, there is an important aspect of socialization that comes with leaving home and living on a campus that I do not think will entirely go away. Also MOOCs may be better suited for science/math based classes, it is hard for me to imagine (as someone with a liberal arts background) that online history, English, and business type classes could be as effective. Especially in business school where making contacts is as much a priority as grades. There may be some good side effects of the rise of MOOCs along with the negatives. Colleges will become smaller, with smaller budgets, smaller athletic budgets. This could mean more reasonable coaching salaries, a more regional focus on competition, and less of the on-campus celebrity treatment for some college athletes, maybe more true student-athletes. Ultimately though, I just hope college football still exists; change is fine, but not if the game becomes unrecognizable entirely.

    • Agreed. I think the piece really does bring up a ton of interesting angles — especially by avoiding the common concussion/paying players/TV revenue arguments. But like you said, the university system going down this road appears to be a theory constructed in a vacuum. It discounts everything but the financial debate it wants to make, which is how they reach the conclusion of MOOCs overtaking the traditional classroom environment. You hit at the social aspect of college too, which is largely ignored here. I’m tempted to believe that that’s why most college football players are okay with the current system as well — being able to not only socialize on campus, but be idolized by your peers for playing a game while representing your school. That aspect of it all can’t really be discounted.

  2. There are still skills a degree implies that MOOCs can’t, like the ability to work in a group environment, the ability to make business contacts, or even the ability to show up to work on time. Unless the move to MOOC based learning coincides with a move away from traditional offices and towards telecommuting or other work from home technologies, these are still going to be skills employers are looking for. At least in the near term, I can see MOOCs allowing larger and more prestigious universities to take the place of community colleges and junior colleges where general studies work is done through the university and then students transition to the campus for the degree-specific work.

    • Yup. As I mentioned to Glynn up above, this article’s great, but it does exist largely in a vacuum. Forgets the other factors outside of the economic ones. The university set up will change; that’s for certain. But that change doesn’t necessarily mean we’re all avoiding human interaction in favor of online courses.

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