Football is no longer a meritocracy

Submitted by 1VaBlue1 on February 20th, 2016 at 10:09 PM

I won't link a story from the Freep, but it has Carlo Kemp's name in the title.  Go find it if you want to...  Essentially, Coach Harbaugh switched things up - football is no longer a meritocracy, its a cage match!

“We’re a total of 103 on the team,” he said. “There’s no difference between scholarship and nonscholarship to me. That’s the team, 103 right now. There’ll be 22 more coming. Plus preferred walk-ons coming as well. We’ve got to be 105 when we start training camp. Cage match to begin on Feb. 29.”   ...   

“It’s always a competitive thing is happening at whatever positon it’s at. That’ll be something that’s happening at quite a few positions. Might as well say all of them. Nothing’s set in stone. As we said, it is a meritocracy. Cage match. Let’s move from meritocracy to cage match.”


Voltron Blue

February 21st, 2016 at 11:27 AM ^

I'm sorry, Mr Swenson. Despite the fact that it was much much more than "a few days before NSD", that was definitely unfortunate and the vast majority of us, including Mr. Harbaugh, hope to have better communication in future instances. I know this doesn't help your son, but really, Oklahoma is not quite so bad as to call it being "fucked over".

Easy Day

February 21st, 2016 at 12:33 AM ^

Because the cage only unlocks when there's a winner. If cage matches didn't "work" (i.e., produce a winner), then everyone would still be locked in the cage.

Michael can't imagine any other scenario (like you, I, or any normal person could) explaining how people would get out of the cage, therefore cage matches must work.