News came out last week that some schools are assessing fines to football players as a discipline measure.
Opinions were mixed from the administrations of the two schools I referenced in this blog post, but Tommy Tuberville, the former Ole Miss coach, has the support of his administration at Cincinnati.
I asked Hugh Freeze on Monday what he thought of he idea.
It did not appear to be a topic that was on his radar.
“That wouldn’t be my first go to. I really have not given that much thought to be candid. That is not something we have discussed in detail here. I know that when the cost of attendance first got approved we did consider having another check ready at the end of the school year in case players needed to clear up any issues with school in order to get their schedules fixed. That is the only thing I remember talking about. We have never talked about fining the players. Sometimes, as college kids do, they have a bursar at the end of the semester and they owe some money for something. If we had some money there at the end to help them transition early, we did discuss that. But we have never discussed fining the players or anything that I recall. I would have to think through that one.”
Personally, I’m in favor of the idea if it’s administered properly. That’s going to be the rub, defining proper and depending on coaches not to go overboard with it. More on that in the blog post.