We all remember the joy we experienced on that fateful Black Friday, as winning against our rivals gave us a reason to be hopeful for next year. But the Apple Cup marked the end for our Cougs, while for the Huskies it was just another game- they had another month of practicing for their future bowl game.
The current NCAA “Bowl Game” system keeps struggling teams from improving and the strong programs exceptional. The NCAA allows teams going to bowl games 15 additional practices, during which bowl-bound teams are allowed to host recruits, giving them an advantageous opportunity to show off their system and practice regimens.
As a result, struggling programs, including our Cougs, are prevented from practicing with their coach until spring training in April. This limits their ability to understand the system and puts them at an obvious recruiting disadvantage, as they don’t get the extra practices to show off their stuff.
This is not saying successful teams should not be rewarded, but they already have a recruiting advantage from being successful in the first place. Not allowing unsuccessful teams from getting an equal amount of practices and exposure opportunities makes an uphill battle against superior teams a little steeper.
So with respect NCAA, give the little guys the extra practices, too, maybe even an exhibition game, and maybe one day the little guy will get bigger. Go Cougs!
WSU Class of 2011, BA Political Science