Posted July 06, 2013

Report: NFL considering excluding academically ineligible players from Combine

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The NFL is considering excluding academically ineligible draft prospects from the Combine. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The NFL is considering banning academically ineligible draft prospects from the Combine . (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The NFL is considering not extending an invitation to the Combine to players who are academicaly ineligible in college, according to CBSSports.com.

CBS’s source said the move is being discussed as a result of increased concern with the maturity and commitment of prospects entering the NFL. If the measure were in place for the 2013 Combine, a considerable number of players would not have been invited to Indianapolis for the Combine.

NCAA academic eligibility regulates a student-athlete’s coursework completion and GPA. From the NCAA’s website:

In Division I, student-athletes must complete 40 percent of the coursework required for a degree by the end of their second year. They must complete 60 percent by the end of their third year and 80 percent by the end of their fourth year. Student-athletes are allowed five years to graduate while receiving athletically related financial aid. All Division I student-athletes must earn at least six credit hours each term to be eligible for the following term and must meet minimum grade-point average requirements that are related to an institution’s own GPA standards for graduation.


22 comments
giwan1259
giwan1259

This is a joke by the NFL. It will not make a bit of difference and they will not be able to control it.

Ciscos
Ciscos

The honchos at NFL HQ make me laugh.  They dabble and fiddle with variances outside of the game that quite frankly don't concern them.  Well let me adjust that.  If they're going to establish rules regarding an athlete's academic performance in college, then either establish a policy on handling athletes accused of breaking NCAA rules and make it apply to all or don't.  That should also apply to coaches as well.

And we all know they are not going to do that.

Ant
Ant

Took them this long to figure that out.  The NFL, which is a job, only requires warm blood and a beating heart while the rest of us go through the ringer for far less gratifying/financial occupations.  Now if only the universities would follow suit.........

Mike26
Mike26

@Ciscos I would love to see those flunking out get booted from the Combine.  Real men take care of their business.

donhusky007
donhusky007

@MichaelMidelton not sure but that would equal one base course (requirement) and that is 5 credits of which you go to class one hour , three days a week.  and to get to six, probably take an elective worth three credits.  wow, that is 8 credits.  now you have an over achiever that you can tout as an academic all American.  all for african history and african cooking class.

Mike26
Mike26

@help4mac1 help4, you CLEARLY have no understanding how professional football works.

bfaiken
bfaiken

@help4mac1 Lol. Because private employers NEVER evaluate academic credentials from prospective employees.

Ciscos
Ciscos

@Mike26 @Ciscos Yes they do - and they should. I just want to see the NFL be committed to setting some ground rules or leave it alone. 

I'm no Terrelle Pryor fan, but I thought the NFL was wrong to suspend him for the acts he committed at Ohio State (breaking NCAA rules by selling his own stuff). I thought that established a precedence they shouldn't dive into. However, they did.  Now if that's the route they're going to go, then stick both hands in the pile and get busy.  Not just a finger here and there.  

Its not like if they did establish those "rules" suddenly no one is going to want to go to the NFL. lol

BooRadley
BooRadley

African History courses are less rigorous than Asian, Latin American or European history courses? Please elaborate.

MichaelMidelton
MichaelMidelton

@donhusky007  It is a joke because my daughter, who is the starting goalie for a junior college, has to maintain 12 credits per session, which is considered "full time", regardless of how many classes it takes to get to the 12 credit level.

help4mac1
help4mac1

@bfaiken Hey pirate, take off your eye patch and look at the whole argument!

MichaelMidelton
MichaelMidelton

@Mike26 3-4 classes, depending on credit achievement. Twice what some highly recruited, 4 yr degree gifted STUDENT-athlete is required. I do not see how any college can say 6 credit hours is a full time schedule, thus allowing a kid to play sports, qualify for financial aid, etc etc....

BooRadley
BooRadley

The Browns are a money laundering mechanism for the NFL.

help4mac1
help4mac1

@David G @bfaiken The NFL is a non-profit and unless it requires a unanymous vote on this, they would be dictating to private corporations on hiring and firing which is restraint of trade. IN addition the NFL has special monopoly exemptions which mean restraining trade may be against these terms.

David G
David G

@help4mac1 @bfaiken mac....  In case you missed it, each team is a franchise.  That means they are part of the NFL corporation.  The league commissioner is employed by the collective owners.  As such he and his staff advise their employers and then do what the owners decide.  Just in case you missed that part of how it all works. 

help4mac1
help4mac1

@bfaiken LOL who's the employer? Roger Goldhell? or the teams? Teams can choose who they want but a monopolist organization can't restrain trade.

bfaiken
bfaiken

@help4mac1 @bfaiken Whole argument? You said they will be sued. That's not an argument. Regardless, what the NFL is proposing is perfectly legal.