During his Wednesday afternoon appearance on The PM Team with Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller on 93.7 The Fan, Panthers head coach Pat Narduzzi discussed multiple hot button topics in the world of college football. Perhaps the most interesting were his takes on player compensation and recent bowl format discussions.
“To go to 12 would be great, however, if you go to 12, I think there’s gonna be more opting out than ever. I think it’s just gonna increase, and who wants to go to a bowl game with half your team? I think that’s something that we all have to look at and I’m sure people making these decisions will hopefully take into account everything, but yeah I really worry about what’s going to happen with all the other bowl games, what’s going to happen to all the other universities that aren’t one of those 12. What happens to them? What happens to how important those bowls were to us? One solution I got to it, I’ve been thinking about this since that rumor came out, is we need to pay these kids to play in bowl games. There’s name, image, and likeness coming out. These guys will get like $500 of bowl gifts, but there should be something like $3,000. You make a bowl game, you get some big money. These kids deserve it. It’s time for change there so if we do go to 12, they have to have some incentives for those other bowl games to play those games, and if they’re gonna make all this money with 12 teams, share some of that money and give it to these kids.”
When saying ’12 teams’, Narduzzi was referring to the NCAA’s recent consideration of expanding the College Football Playoff from four teams to 12. The NCAA went to the four-team tournament CFP format in 2014. Prior to that, the National Championship was a one-game playoff between the two teams voted as the best by the Coaches’ Poll, media members and other external factors.
Many states have set legislation to allow student-athletes to profit off their name, image, and likeness. In Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and New Mexico, this legislation will go into action on July 1.