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State of the Game 2011 - The Game In 10 Years
Alabama head coach Nick Saban
Alabama head coach Nick Saban
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Aug 22, 2011


Fixing the scandals, Cam Newton, the Longhorn Network, and more. Along with the CFNers, check out the opinions on key topics going into the season from Matt Hayes from the Sporting News and the Chicago Tribune's Teddy Greenstein.


State of the Game 

What Will Happen In 10 Years?


2011 CFN State of the Game Topics  
- Should The Death Penalty Be On The Table? 
- What One Thing Can Stop The Cheating? | Bloggers Analysis
- How To Fix The NCAA | Bloggers Analysis
- Is There Institutional Control? | Bloggers Analysis
- The Cam Newton Situation | Bloggers Analysis
Was Stanley McClover Telling The Truth? | Bloggers Analysis
Should Players Get a Bigger Stipend? | Bloggers Analysis
- Should a one-loss SEC team play for it all? | Bloggers Analysis
- Why isn't there a playoff? | Bloggers Analysis
- The Programs About To Blow Up | Bloggers Analysis
- Does The Longhorn Network Matter? | Bloggers Analysis
- What'll Happen In Ten Years? | Bloggers Analysis
- When Should Players Turn Pro? | Bloggers Analysis
- What's Your Beef? The Biggest Complaints | Bloggers Analysis

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Question No. 11. How will college football be different ten years from now? 

E-mail Pete Fiutak 

Beyond the whole superconference concept, and along with the stratospheric dollars coming in from the massive television contracts, the one huge shift in college football might be the available pool of players.

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

Get used to hearing those words as part of the every day sports jargon as more and more studies are coming out showing just how bad football is on the brain. As we're learning, it's not just the huge kill shot concussion that's the concern; it's the build up of hits over time that appears to be the danger. With the high profile deaths, more Corwin Brown incidents sure to come, lawsuits, and growing conversations about the problem, it's becoming a big deal and parents are going to start taking note.

Soon, the trickle-down effect will come and athletes will shift to other sports. As soon as the results start coming in from the studies looking at what happens to the brains of younger football players, that's going to be enough to not only embolden the moms who don't want their sons to play football anyway, but it'll start to swing more and more football dads who normally wouldn't think twice about putting their sons on the field.

Of course, the innovations will come to try to solve the problem, and changes will be made in practices and in prevention to make sure the brains are better monitored and protected, but don't be shocked if fewer and fewer kids go out for football, and don't be shocked if overall talent pool of players for the college game starts to diminish.

There will always be athletes who want to play football, and there will always be a vocal minority that thinks the whole C.T.E. thing is a bunch of bull muffins, but soon, more athletes are going to be out of the football mix because more and more parents aren't going to risk the brains of their children for a game.

By Matt Hayes
Sporting News


Very little. The BCS isn’t going anywhere — no matter how much fans and bored sportswriters yell and scream about it. Deal with it. It would, however, be nice to see some teeth in the way the sport polices itself. I think we’ll get there much sooner than anyone believes.

By Teddy Greenstein
Chicago Tribune


Hate to say it, but $6 million a year for a coach like Nick Saban will sound like chump change. The Pac-12’s outrageous TV deal means that the Big Ten could triple its take in its next contract with ESPN/ABC (after 2016). Coaches/CEOs will demand a larger chunk of the pie – and get it. Oh, and road games will be played on the moon.

By Richard Cirminiello

Costco will vie to be some league’s title sponsor because the game will be dominated by four super-sized conferences. It’s an inevitable next step in the evolution of realignment, which has become such a hot topic over the last year. As soon as one league beefs up to 16 members, others are sure to follow, poaching from vulnerable neighbors.

By Matt Zemek

Heck, how will college football be different by 2014? The current four-year BCS rotation expires in January of 2014, so by the end of August in 2013, we will probably have the four 16-team superconferences in football plus a substantial amount of rearranged conferences in other sports, particularly basketball. It’s going to happen in some form; it’s only a matter of when (and how).

By Barrett Sallee
Follow me on Twitter: @BarrettSallee

I think we will have a third Division 1 subdivision, made up of four “superconferences.” These superconferences will have full cost of attendance scholarships and a playoff that incorporates the current bowls. Everybody will be happy.

2011 CFN State of the Game Topics  
- Should The Death Penalty Be On The Table? 
- What One Thing Can Stop The Cheating? | Bloggers Analysis
- How To Fix The NCAA | Bloggers Analysis
- Is There Institutional Control? | Bloggers Analysis
- The Cam Newton Situation | Bloggers Analysis
Was Stanley McClover Telling The Truth? | Bloggers Analysis
Should Players Get a Bigger Stipend? | Bloggers Analysis
- Should a one-loss SEC team play for it all? | Bloggers Analysis
- Why isn't there a playoff? | Bloggers Analysis
- The Programs About To Blow Up | Bloggers Analysis
- Does The Longhorn Network Matter? | Bloggers Analysis
- What'll Happen In Ten Years? | Bloggers Analysis
- When Should Players Turn Pro? | Bloggers Analysis
- What's Your Beef? The Biggest Complaints | Bloggers Analysis

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