Connecticut head football coach Randy Edsall is speaking his mind and entering relatively unchartered territory for an active college football coach.
In a tweet Friday afternoon, Edsall forcefully called out the NCAA football model as a “farm system.” He even tagged the official NCAA Football account.
With @NCAAFootball proposal 2017-99 adopted Colleges and Universities will employee more people in their scouting departments than the NFL and still not paying the players with all the money being brought into the Conferences. We’ve become a farm system. #PayThePlayers
— Randy Edsall (@RandyEdsall) February 23, 2018
“With @NCAAFootball proposal 2017-99 adopted Colleges and Universities will employee more people in their scouting departments than the NFL and still not paying the players with all the money being brought into the Conferences. We’ve become a farm system. #PayThePlayers”
Edsall closes with the hashtag “Pay the players,” another bold portion of the statement alluding to the vast revenue college athletic programs and conferences receive that the players never see.
While many college coaches advocated for their players to be paid stipends that cover the full cost of attendance beyond their scholarships, few if any have gone on record saying that the student-athletes should receive cuts of the huge revenue that their events and likeness use generates for conferences.
Further, Edsall is not the first head coach this year to classify college football as a glorified farm system. In his introductory press conference after being hired to coach the Tennessee Titans, longtime NFL player Mike Vrabel said: “ The NFL has the greatest farm system in the world…Nick Saban is our farm system. Urban Meyer is our farm system.”
Edsall has coached in two separate stints for the Huskies since 2000, a tenure totaling 12 seasons. He also spent five seasons with Maryland. UConn went 3-9 last season in Edsall’s first season back with the program after his time at Maryland.
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