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NFL Considering Prohibiting Ineligible Athletes from Combine

The NFL is considering barring academically ineligible athletes from participating in the Combine. Does this stand a chance of satisfying the increased focus on athlete maturity and commitment?


According to Bruce Feldman over at CBS, an unnamed league source (so take from it what you will) intimated that the league may no longer allow academically-ineligible student athletes to participate in the NFL Combine.

The move is being discussed because of the increased scrutiny on the maturity and commitment of the prospects entering the NFL, the source said, adding that if this measure was in place in 2013, a sizable group of players would not have been invited to Indianapolis for the combine.

Note that it says "academically" ineligible, which may or may not catch any of the fine folks that committed crimes or anything like that while keeping their grades in fair shape. Way to commit to making the most of your time, by the way.

Jokes aside, I suppose there's a fine line between barring players that committed off-the-field incidents and cutting out some of the top athletes available, and there's nothing here preventing these athletes from enrolling in the NFL Draft.

But that being said, what does this accomplish? Okay, so as long as your grades are fine, there are no problems. What about the rest of a player's record? If the concern is "maturity and commitment," why not try to go further down the line?

It seems to me like a fair amount of lip-service on the surface, but maybe there'll be something else to come with.

What are some of your thoughts on athlete eligibility through academics or violations?