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College football rankings: ESPN way-too-early top 25 poll for 2023

  1. Georgia
  2. Ohio State
  3. Michigan
  4. Florida State
  5. Alabama
  6. Penn State
  7. USC
  8. LSU
  9. Oregon
  10. Tennessee
  11. Washington
  12. TCU
  13. Utah
  14. Notre Dame
  15. Clemson
  16. Texas
  17. Oregon State
  18. Kansas State
  19. Tulane
  20. Ole Miss
  21. North Carolina
  22. UTSA
  23. Texas Tech
  24. James Madison
  25. Iowa


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California bill would require state's colleges to share revenue with athletes

From the same people that brought you the Name, Image and Likeness era of college sports comes the bigger, bolder sequel: Direct Pay for Play.

ZACH BARNETT             16 HRS AGO


From the same people that brought you the Name, Image and Likeness era of college sports comes the bigger, bolder sequel: Direct Pay for Play.

In front of the Rose Bowl on Thursday, California assemblyman Chris Holden, a Democrat from Pasadena and also a former San Diego State basketball player, introduced the College Athlete Protection Act. Among other things, the bill would require the state's college sports programs to share revenue with their athletes.

The formula would work as follows. Whatever revenue the team generates (say $10 million) minus what that team spends on scholarships ($1 million) would then be split in two between athletes and the athletics department. Of the remaining $9 million, $4.5 would go to the department and the other $4.5 would be paid to athletes through two avenues. Athletes could receive up to $25,000 per year, and the excess funds would be placed into the trust that would be paid to them upon graduation. (The CAPA specifies it would not classify student-athletes as employees.)

Under a different path offered by the CAPA, each college team would have to pass all "new" revenue directly to athletes. For instance, if Stanford's football team generated $40 million in revenue in 2023 and $45 million in 2024, the extra $5 million would go directly to Cardinal football players. 

Obviously, either path would be largely disruptive to the current college athletics model, where schools spend tremendous sums of money on their athletes from academics to facilities and equipment to coaching to food to travel and everything in between, but any money paid to an athlete must come from a third party in the form of NIL. That's also the point.

In one prong of the bill, ADs could face a 3-year suspension for cutting scholarships. Programs earning above a $20 million threshold would also be required to provide medical care for all athletes for a 2-year period after they complete their eligibility. 

The CAPA was launched with a coordinated media effort. 

Here's a statement Holden provided to ESPN: 

"Through the years, college athlete concerns have been overlooked because they are not in the professional leagues," Holden said in a statement provided to ESPN. "If colleges are profiting on their players, then these students deserve equitable pathways for their careers whether that is in the professional league or in California's workforce."

And here's one to Sports Illustrated:

“It’s no shock that college athletes experience injuries on the field, on the court or in the game/match,” Holden said in a statement to SI. “What is shocking is the lack of protections helping athletes when they are down, or too afraid to say anything because of the repercussions, loss of scholarships and ultimately loss of a promising career. This ends now, with AB252.”

The California assembly is the same place the NIL era started. The state's Fair Pay to Play Act, signed in 2019, inspired a number of copycat bills in state houses across the nation, to the point where the NCAA folded its cards, threw its hands up and essentially walked away from the table. That bill, by the way, did not technically come into effect until Jan. 1, 2023 -- two and a half weeks ago -- but it was so effective that it essentially made itself obsolete. A 2020 Florida bill pushed the ball forward to 2021, and by the summer of '21 NIL was effectively the law of the land.

However, while the California state assembly cannot be dismissed, its actions do not always become reality. Just last year, the state assembly authored SB-1401, which would have done largely the same things the CAPA is trying to accomplish, but that effort fizzled and has now been spun into the CAPA. 

The CAPA would go into effect in 2024.

While the CAPA works its way through the California state capitol, the National Labor Relations Board is pursuing unfair labor practices against USC, the Pac-12, and the NCAA, arguing that athletes of private institutions are employees


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Numbers show NIL benefits college football

Eighty-two submitted their names, the lowest number in more than a decade. The 2023 numbers represent an 18 percent drop from 2022, and the 2022 number was a 22 percent drop from 2021. Overall, the draft has seen a 36 percent drop of early entrants from the final pre-NIL year to today. 

That means we can safely say between 35 and 40 players (perhaps a few more, perhaps a few less) returned to school to continue to hone their craft. In the process, some of them will earn a degree. In the meantime, those third- and fourth-year players will make their teams better (though perhaps not the same team, though that's a separate issue altogether.) All this in turn makes the game better.


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College Football Super Seniors Who Could Make the Biggest Impact in 2023


BY:  MORGAN MORIARTY          JAN 19, 2023

  • Kansas State WR Phillip Brooks

  • Ohio State LB Tommy Eichenberg

  • Utah TE Brant Kuithe

  • Oregon QB Bo Nix

  • Clemson DE Xavier Thomas

  • Wisconsin QB Tanner Mordecai

  • Michigan WR Cornelius Johnson

  • Notre Dame QB Sam Hartman



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Pac 12 money problems...



"What’s next for the Pac-12 after revelations of financial impropriety: Unanswered questions, missing details and the likely outcome"


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