WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Class warfare is now a systemic problem of NCAA football, growing more and more apparent as the rich get richer and less prestigious schools face a growing struggle to compete in recruiting.
While schools like Alabama are thriving in this new era of dominance, in which the battle for recruits is won with top-of-the-line facilities footed by billionaire boosters, the more traditional method of building a championship caliber team – steadily accruing talent over a four-year period and bolstering it with senior leadership – is falling by the wayside.
In football, the era of class warfare is upon us.
The battle for blue chip talent hinges on the promise to go pro, and the fight is being won in the trenches, trenches that are lined with day spa amenities and a winning image.
Longtime Alabama radio host Paul Finebaum, who recently jumped to a more plush work environment himself, says the win-now recruiting pitch that’s taken over the NCAA will only get worse before it gets better, if it ever gets better.
When asked whether class warfare will ever reach a point in college football in which less prestigious schools, without the high-dollar boosters, won’t even be able to compete, Finebaum served up a chilling reality check.
“It already is,” Finebaum told the Junkies on 106.7 The Fan on Thursday. “And of course at Oregon, for those of you that don’t know, that’s Phil Knight money,”
Fortunately for Maryland grads, he lumped the Terps into that elite spenders category as schools with the bank to prosper, due to one key contributor to the program.
“And of course, you have a little Under Armour money within the sound of my voice where you are,” Finebaum told the D.C.-based radio show. “It’s just the way it works right now in college athletics.
The previously mentioned Crimson Tide have won three of the last four national championships, have the most revered coach in college football in Nick Saban (of whom they’ve already erected at statue in front of Bryant-Denny Stadium), and facilities that don’t just rival that of NFL teams, but would surpass many in luxury.
“And they try to make it a level playing field, but by the way, that’s another subject for another day, but the college commissioners – the Big Ten, the ACC, the SEC – I mean, they are about to blow this system up, because Mark Emmert is on his last leg as the president of the NCAA,” Finebaum said.
And the last word from the man who’s risen to national prominence on the power of the SEC?
“It’s going to get worse instead of better when the superpowers take over college football for good.”