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Four South Carolina Players Are Opting Out Of The Season, Will More Follow?

Total131 Will Muschamp was fired by South Carolina on Sunday after a disappointing 59-42 loss to Ole Miss. Since then, four Gamecocks players have opted out of the rest of the season. Will more join those in a season that now seems pointless? “It’s a really interesting decision South Carolina made to fire Will Muschamp. More

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Written by Michael Shamburger

Michael has 11+ years covering golf and college football. He's walked alongside Tiger, bleeds Purple and Gold, and is thankful for Joe Burrow! DBAP


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  1. I understand what the players are thinking, but if I’m an NFL GM, I’m going to think twice about drafting players who bag on their teams after the coach gets fired and/or their team is having a lousy season. We’re also talking the long odds of getting drafted in the first place. How many of these South Carolina players are draft worth to begin with? It’s a character issue for me.

  2. Agree.

    Not a good look to bail on your team and your team-mates with what, just a couple of games left on the schedule? Are these players SO GOOD that they are headed straight to the NFL? I kinda doubt it, since SC is a bad team and more likely you will see these players in the “transfer portal” headed to a non-SEC school.

    I disagree with Clay that this is similar to players who bail on their teams for a bowl game. Those players (and I think what the bowl-bailers are doing is bad optics also) are at least arguably protecting their NFL draft position by potentially avoiding an injury in a bowl. But it’s a prima dona move, and if I were a player on a team in which one of it’s stars was opting out of a bowl, I would view it as a being a crummy team-mate.

    Besides, why isn’t there some insurance plan available to protect a potential top NFL prospect with a monetary reimbursement if he is injured in a bowl game? Shouldn’t the NFL, or maybe the NCAA, or perhaps the Bowl itself pay the premium on this? Aren’t the bowls getting insane TV money? Why shouldn’t the Bowl game just announce they are offering a Lloyds’ of London policy to allow College Star to play? Wouldn’t that boost the viewership? and pay out only in the case of a devastating injury?

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