Bowl Season executive director points at issues surrounding games losing their luster

Bowl Season executive director points at issues surrounding games losing their luster

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After countless players opted out of their this postseason, those involved in organizing them understand something needs to be done.

Senior Bowl executive director noted that Bowl Season now “isn’t what we’ve grown up watching,” and Bowl Season executive director Nick Carparelli seems to agree.

Carparelli has held his position for over three years, and while even when he started, it was not uncommon to see players opt out of the games, it’s now running rampant.

The CFP trophy in November 2022

Trophy on display during the College Football Playoff press conference and media roundtable on Nov. 19, 2022, at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. (Jevone Moore/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

“The problem is not bowl games or the bowl system. The problem is all the unregulated circumstances around it now, with transfer portal and NIL and early signing period all happening at the same time,” Carparelli recently said to . “That doesn’t occur in any other sport. That’s what has to be fixed.”

More and more players are opting out of bowl games, whether it is to protect themselves for the NFL Draft, realignment forcing traditional bowl game matchups to be a thing in the past, or other reasons.

Because of that, Carparelli said compensating players for participating in bowl games “is a very real discussion that needs to be had.”

“I’d love to discuss with the NCAA the notion of student-athletes being compensated to promote the event itself. I’m still not sure what’s wrong with that,” he added.

“What is legal is they can promote the title sponsor of the game, destination of the game – the convention and visitor’s bureau of that area. There’s a lot of ways that can be done now under the current rules, but I’d like to think that there could be more direct ways to do it.”

The 2022 CFP logo

Players run across the CFP National Championship logo on the field during the Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide game at Lucas Oil Stadium on Jan. 10, 2022, in Indianapolis. (Dylan Buell/Getty Images)


Plenty of players were gone, because they had already transferred – Kyle McCord didn’t even play for e in the Cotton Bowl despite going 11-1 with them in the regular season, since he’s transferring to Syracuse.

“We need to revisit the structure around the transfer portal,” Carparelli said. “Maybe there should only be one transfer portal window that happens at the end of the academic year. Maybe it allows student-athletes to rethink things. ‘Let me see how things go in spring practice.’ Gives coaches an opportunity to get high school recruiting done, evaluate the roster in the spring, and people can make decisions based off of that.”

At the end of the day, Carparelli wants everything to go back to the old days.

CFP trophy

The National Championship trophy is displayed after the Georgia Bulldogs defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 33-18 in the CFP National Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on Jan. 10, 2022, in Indianapolis. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

“All the commissioners and all the head coaches I talk to are adamant about the fact that bowl games and the are really important for college football,” Carparelli said. “We really can’t have a postseason system that only has 12 opportunities. It’s important we protect the bowl system, and all the leadership in college football is committed to doing that.”

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