I’m not sure what’s happening here, but I believe Mike Gundy is blaming Apple for all that parity in college football. You know … alllllll that parity (two coaches have won seven of the 10 titles since smart phones became a thing).
Anyway, on Monday, Gundy blames smart phones on the parity. Really. Watch the whole thing.
— Cayden McFarland (@caydenmc) October 17, 2016
“The players we coach who come in,” said Gundy. “They’re not like guys we coached 10 years ago, 15 years ago, 20 years ago. Your generation spends all their time looking all their time looking at their phones. My generation spent all their time in the front yard playing games so they were more ready to go into college athletics. They understood the dynamics of it.”
Just over 40 days ago, this is what he said about high school players.
“I think [freshmen come in more equipped] than ever,” said Gundy. “Like [Dillon] Stoner, the program he comes out of has won 19 state championships in a row or how many ever they won. He played corner, he’s punted, he’s kicked off, he held one time when he wasn’t kicking, and he played wide-out. So when he comes in, he’s ready made.
“And, lastly, the training these juniors and seniors in high school are getting, is a lot like what we got when we were in college. They have personal trainers, they’re getting information on nutrition, strength, conditioning … they’re coming and showing up at campus like we used to coming off summer. We’re at the pool chasin’ chicks all summer and we showed up in August to try and get in shape. These guys show up in June and they’re ready to play.”
So it has to be one or the other, right? It can’t be both phones cause parity but players are more ready. This makes zero sense. The logic to make this work is staggeringly difficult. This was quite funny though.
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— Travis Haney (@travhaney) October 17, 2016
Also, I do get what he’s saying about parity. At the upper end, there is no parity (as you can see above). But games against lower-tier teams (i.e. Kansas and Iowa State) aren’t as easy for the best teams to win as they used to be.
But do you see what Gundy is insinuating here? His reasoning is because, what, the best players for the best teams are on their phones thus allowing the lesser players on lesser teams to catch up?? His actual statement a month ago about players developing earlier is the actual reason for parity (inasmuch as parity is a thing).
The incentive to play college football (and be good at it) is higher than ever, and players are working towards that at an earlier age. There are more good players to fill out close to the same number of rosters, thus parity.
Also, I blame Gundy. Get off your phone, coach!