New Notre Dame coach free to move but players remain enslaved

Brian Kelly
Brian Kelly

College head coaches are free to come and go, but the NCAA denies college football players the same freedom. We were reminded of this travesty this week when Cincinnati Bearcats head coach Brian Kelly jumped ship for the greener pastures of Notre Dame.

Football coach Kelly, who led the Cincinnati Bearcats to an undefeated season and the chance to play Florida in the upcoming Sugar Bowl, had signed a five-year deal with Cincinnati in 2007, which was adjusted just this year to add time and money to the more than $1 million a year he was being paid. His new five-year contract with Notre Dame is rumored to bring him $3 million per year, not that it will have any impact on how long he decides to stay or the school decides to keep him if he doesn't produce a winner.