With the NCAA scrapping scholarship restrictions, here’s what could mean for Michigan football and other similar programs.
As I’ve mentioned in previous articles, the world of college football seems to change right before our eyes every week, and quite frankly every day.
We are now at the point where high school recruits and college football players can make millions in zero, the transfer portal to the Wild West has become, conferences will be realigned beginning in 2023, with the largest being Texas and Oklahoma, the change SEC. Conferences are free to decide their two championship opponents, as I’ve written here, and now the NCAA is trying to eliminate the scholarship limit for DI football programs.
The first step was taken on Wednesday when the initial counter that limited schools to signing 25 recruits per cycle was eliminated for at least the next two years.
Previously a school could lose 10-20 players to the portal and/or draft and could only replace players with 25 recruits, but once that cap is gone there is no limit to the number of recruits a team can take.
How is this affecting football in Michigan?
Well, that obviously means everything. Michigan football no longer has to worry about recruit class balance as it can accept any number of recruits in any position they desire. If the Wolverines want to recruit 10 offensive lineman and only two running backs, they can do that.
I doubt that would be their strategy in every recruiting class, but if that’s what they wanted, they could do it. This applies to any position on the field, as I mentioned earlier. You now have no excuses to recruit positions that may lack depth on paper. You can easily fill up this position with recruits. However, the roster limit for all teams is still 85 combined.
Obviously approvals will still limit some of Michigan football’s recruits, which is going to be a huge annoyance, but at this point we know what Michigan is, it’s not going to change any time soon, so we just have to deal with that.
Of course, that also means Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia, Texas A&M and all those elite recruiting schools will get even more recruits, but Michigan is benefiting too.
Nothing will ever benefit Michigan and programs like Michigan alone. NIL, the transfer portal, and now this grant constraint removal will always benefit scammers as much if not more than programs like Michigan. That’s the way it is.
Now, at least Michigan football will be able to have depth on the roster for the foreseeable future and won’t have to delve into the young talent transfer portal just to find a seasoned year-or-two bridge player.
The NCAA only approved this new rule for two years, likely to test and see how it works, but that means Michigan’s 2023 and 2024 classes will not have scholarship limits. This also coincides with the recruitments of Dante Moore and CJ Carr, which are still ongoing and have been a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs.
Hopefully, if Michigan can get back on track with this class of 2023, now knowing there are no restrictions (other than approvals), we should start to see more urgency in staffing and a spike in commits. But we’ve been saying that for a long time. Nothing happened so we’ll just see.
Michigan football fans, what do you think of this new NCAA rule? Do the positive aspects outweigh the negative? Sound off the comments below!