Shatel: If you’re going to get hit by the NCAA, at least Nebraska could win | Soccer

First attempts and second guesses:

State the reasons? Big deal. Scott Frost is already the subject of a Show Significant Progress commission from Trev Alberts.

Anytime there are NCAA sanctions, it should be serious business. But what the NCAA handed down on Monday is more embarrassing for Frost and his program than anything else. Further proof of his shortcomings as a head coach.

I mean, if you’re going to get hit by the NCAA, at least win, right?

It doesn’t add weight to the 2022 season. Frost has to win, and maybe big, no matter what the NCAA has done.

It’s another reminder of what could have been avoided by simply hiring a good special teams coach in 2018.

“You have to admit it: with all that’s going on with transfers and the NIL, it’s a bit hard to get upset with these sanctions.

By transferring both transfers and NIL, the NCAA essentially gave the green light to free agency and recall payments in college football. What a historical mistake.

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Okay, now let’s relax on some of the emotional rhetoric there.

Are you really going to stop watching the games? When the Huskers and Sooners roll out of the Memorial Stadium tunnels next September, no one will be thinking about NIL money.

The transfer portal isn’t going to torpedo the game. It’s going to bring something much needed: hope.

And if NIL is part of luring transfers and lifting programs that need it, then the game is a better place.

Take your favorite scarlet and cream program, for example.

Good portal: Casey Thompson and Chhubba Purdy. Bad portal: Casey Rogers.

Good portal: Ochaun Mathis.

Based on the reactions I heard to Mathis’ decision on Saturday, I’d say Husker Nation is excited and grateful for the portal.

This time. There will be other times when the ledger will go the other way.

I know the potential problems. Here is my solution:

Give portal privileges to two groups: four-year graduates and freshmen.

The four-year-old athletes paid their dues. After four years, you have made friends and grades. But you’ve been there, done that. Many are ready for a change of scenery.

As a parent of a sophomore, I know what freshmen go through. The first semester can be lonely, rough. In the second semester, it’s better or not.

A lot of my daughter’s high school friends gave up their college choices after a year. This or that did not go as promised. It was the wrong fit.

It happens. It’s hard to know all that as a high school student who’s been on campus a couple of times.

I would give freshman athletes a unique chance to enter the portal _ after completing a year of college.

All the others? Stay put. Or transfer and go away for a year.

— Meanwhile, some of the reactions to NIL are dramatic. Come on guys.

Where have you been for the last 30 or 40 years when some boosters were paying college football and basketball players hundreds of thousands to play for their alma mater?

And “pay to play” will ruin the game? It would have happened already.

NIL was meant to give college athletes some spending money, maybe a few thousand here or there. There were no plans to give boosters the green light to give $500,000 to a 17-year-old.

Leave it to the adults to mess it up.

What’s a 17-year-old kid going to do with $500,000 anyway? They don’t really want or need that.

Moderation, they say, is the key to life. And in moderation, the NIL will be a big equalizer for Nebraska and Creighton and maybe UNO.

We live in a state with no major league sports. College athletes are our heroes.

There’s a lot of money in this state, especially in Omaha. And people with money who like to spend it on their college teams.

NIL should offer an asset, an impactful complement to local teams. If they do it well.

I don’t see local NU and CU boosters getting into big money bidding wars here. It’s not their way and it’s not the culture here. And the coaches won’t want the kids reaching out.

The Jays and Huskers programs have enough going for them _ including support _ that ZERO money should just be part of the sales pitch.

That’s why I think NIL will do very well in our part of the country. I also think it will correct itself along the way nationally.

Look what happened last week in Miami, Florida. Hurricanes basketball player Isaiah Wong has threatened to transfer unless his NIL contract is sweetened.

A college student asking for a raise? Here we are.

But LifeWallet CEO John Ruiz, a huge Miami booster in charge of his NIL efforts, declined, saying he didn’t “negotiate.”

Wong backed off. He does not leave. And the message was sent through the channels.

It is important to remember that we are still only at the beginning of this wild and crazy world. A lot can and probably will change, especially when the NCAA announces potential changes to the Division I structure in August.

In the meantime, relax. The games will not be spoiled. Unless NU don’t fix special teams.

– Speaking of NIL, I wonder how it will play out in Baylor Scheierman’s pick of Arkansas, Creighton, Nebraska, Clemson and Duke. Specifically, how the NIL offers from the two local schools stack up.

This could be an interesting first case study of how the two schools will use NIL _ and how much they will offer _ in future rookie battles.

—Some members of the Lost Rail Golf Club may recognize the name of their golf manager, Ty Stewart. Especially if they’ve been Nebraska football fans for a long time.

Stewart, a 1990 Westside High graduate, was Iowa State’s kicker when the Cyclones knocked out NU, 19-10, in 1992.

Stewart scored four field goals in the legendary Cyclone victory.

I’m sure Husker and Stewart fans will get along just fine _ as long as he doesn’t invite Marv Seiler to Member Guest.

– One More and I’m Going: Sandy Buda will make his first appearance at a UN sporting event in over a decade on Wednesday night. Former football coach Maverick _ who played baseball and football at KU _ will throw the first pitch in the UNO-Kansas baseball game.

Sandy says he’s going to wear a KU hat and an UNO shirt. It will be nice to see him back in that UNO shirt.

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