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Should the "redshirt" be eliminated?

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by Buffnik, Oct 12, 2014.

  1. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Why do we have redshirt years?

    Most students take closer to 5 years than 4 in order to complete a degree.

    So, why not give athletes 5 years of eligibility with no redshirt season?

    Then, if a guy loses a year to injury, simply grant an extra season of eligibility.

    I don't understand why a guy is on a team, on scholarship, but not allowed to play. Or, if a team has injuries and needs to play a guy on a very limited basis, why it should cost someone a full year of eligibility. It seems like a waste of resources and talent that is neither good for the programs or the players.

    Stupid ass rule.
     
  2. BuffLuKe

    BuffLuKe Club Member Club Member

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    I'd be fine with it.
     
  3. SBG

    SBG Formerly known as EFNMB Club Member Junta Member

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    I wonder what the effect would be for the lesser players that now get redshirted.

    I'd be fine with the elimination of it.
     
  4. BuffNut99

    BuffNut99 Club Member Club Member

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    I think they'll always be around because Universities never want to have to imply that anyone should take more than four years to get their degree. More and more students take the five-year route for a variety of reasons, but those students are paying for the extra year(s). Academic scholarships are for four years, and any credit hours beyond are out-of-pocket. If student athletes were suddenly all around for five years (to include those in non-revenue generating sports, because any such rule would apply to them, too), the increase in cost would put many ADs in the red.
     
  5. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    No. Spending per student-athlete might increase since they'd be around longer on average. But scholarship limits would be the same, so annual scholarship costs would be the same. An 85-man scholarship football is what it is. Universities may actually save money since with players sticking around longer the annual class sizes and relative recruiting budgets might shrink.
     
  6. bombay

    bombay Club Member Club Member

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    Unpossible. because it makes sense.
     
  7. goalline

    goalline Jedi Master Club Member

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    Players have 4 years of eligibility. The red shirt allows them a year off. What's wrong with that? Granting a fifth year is a different proposition than eliminating red shirts. I don't think players should have a fifth year, except for existing cases like a medical hardship.
     
  8. BuffNut99

    BuffNut99 Club Member Club Member

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    Putting it terms of scholarship limits, don't forget that sometimes you want players to move on (e.g. Lowell Williams). If you don't redshirt them, they only take up a spot for four years.
     
  9. DBT

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    Wouldn't 5 year scholarships make it tougher for a new coach to come in and turn a program around? It would also be more difficult to deal with the 85 scholarship limit. And what if they go to an 80 scholarship limit? It might also make a coach less apt to take a flyer on a kid who might be a sleeper.
     
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  10. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Either way you have the same number of guys. Either way, you could push kids to summer school and encourage them to graduate & leave if they weren't contributing. Challenges, yes. Just a little different than the current challenges.
     
  11. Highlander

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    I would bet in the next 5 years, the red shirt goes away and athletes get a 5 years to play or not play. No more medical waivers or red shirts, it's just 5 years.
     
  12. sackman

    sackman Club Member Club Member

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    I think this is one of those "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" kind of deals. I don't see the problem with how the system is now. Seems to work OK.
     
  13. DBT

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    Plus, what would you call the extra year? You've got your freshmen, your sophomores, your juniors and your seniors. What would the fifth year be called? Super Senior? Sorry man. It just doesn't work.
     
  14. Mr. Babar

    Mr. Babar I have no elephant books Club Member

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    Think of all the individual career records that would be broken by guys getting an extra season. Would skew the history of the game. Do not want.


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  15. patebuff

    patebuff Downgraded to half a star Club Member

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    Agreed. Not sure I see an issue here. I think you would see half a class gray shirting then.
     
  16. tante

    tante Club Member Club Member

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    Wouldn't getting rid of redshirts just help the top tier programs?
     
  17. buffaholic

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    There's guys on our roster I'd like to say goodbye to after 4 years, rather than 5....
     
  18. MtnBuff

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    I think so.

    The programs that are able to recruit those kids who are ready to play right away would get an extra year with them.

    Programs trying to grow through developing talent would still be forced to keep kids on the bench for at least a year of development.
     
  19. aik

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    It's not like elite talent would stay all 5 years. They hardly stay 4, now. I'm still fine with the current system. It makes the math for scholarships more fun to speculate on in September and October once it's clear which true freshmen are playing and which won't.
     
  20. Alfred91

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    Not a good idea, imo, for a variety of reasons already posted above.

    Irrelevant though also because the schools would never allow it. They live in a '4 years should be enough' world and they're not going to want to recognize that it's becoming less and less of the norm.
     
  21. zbuff

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    I propose calling the first year "Redshirt."
     
  22. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    ^^This^^
     
  24. DBT

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    Coaches sure seem to be in favor, which tells me it's a bad idea.
     
  25. CUFan

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    As a Buff fan, I don't like red.
     
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    In Canadian intercollegiate athletics, student-athletes have 5 years of eligibility...
     
  27. DBT

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    I didn't realize they had colleges?
     
  28. patebuff

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    Eh?
     
  29. Alfred91

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    I didn't realize you had to get a degree to be a moose****er.
     
  30. sackman

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    They have classes in skunky beer, jelly doughnuts, tooks, and shriveled up ham.
     

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