Desmond Howard voices concerns about future of college football
Desmond Howard isn’t a fan of the trajectory of college football. He said as much on ESPN’s broadcast from the NFL Draft Saturday morning.
While speaking with Laura Rutledge, David Pollack and Robert Griffin III, Howard didn’t hold back on his concerns of policing transfers and NIL.
“I was just talking to a friend of mine before I came out here for the draft, and I said, ‘I’m just not a fan of the trajectory of college football right now,'” Howard said on ESPN. “I do not like where it’s headed.
“Now, I’ve been pounding the table for guys to get NIL money because I think they deserve it. You need to get paid for your Name, Image and Likeness. There’s no doubt about that. But when you just place it in our lap with no real rules and no real regulations and say, ‘Here, have at it.’ It then becomes the wild, wild west.
“So, it’s a double-edged sword. They should get paid; they should be able to transfer. Coaches do it all the time. We have coaches who leave where they can still make the Playoff, and they jump ship. So, if coaches can do it, players should be able to do it, too.
“But there needs to be some sort of rules and regulations behind it, and to me, that has been the biggest problem. You hate to see this for the fans more than anything.”
Howard isn’t criticizing players for transferring, and he isn’t criticizing coaches for taking other jobs. His frustration seems more with the NCAA policing — or lack-thereof — all of it.
How will all of these issues get regulated moving forward?
You can watch Howard’s comments below:
.@DesmondHoward says there needs to be more rules and regulations surrounding the transfer portal.
“I’m just not a fan of the trajectory of college football right now.” pic.twitter.com/UOxIbK7val
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) April 30, 2022