Saturday, September 20, 2008

NFL like the Ivy League? Nice try.

Mike Ogle of The New York Times' college football blog "The Quad" allows Princeton Coach Roger Hughes to present his case why he thinks the Ivy League is more like the NFL than any other conference in college football. Yeah, right. Here's Hughes' view:
    “If you look at this league, because of the way it’s designed, the way we recruit, we’re more like the N.F.L. than any other conference,” Hughes said. “The N.F.L. has a salary cap. We have, quote, an education cap. We have very strict guidelines as to who we can recruit and how many we can recruit at different academic levels. And so, much like the N.F.L. they have to decide who to give all the money to, we have to decide who’s going to get those lower academic slots, and there’s only so many of those for each team, which means every team gets good players. The difference between us and the N.F.L. is we can’t go to the waiver wire. Once a kid gets hurt or decides to leave the team, we’re stuck with what we have.”
Not sure how many Ivy leaguers are in the NFL, but Princeton has three former players there -- Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jonathan Dekker, San Francisco 49ers running back Zak Keasey and Jacksonville Jaguars center Dennis Norman.

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