After watching one quarter of the Wisconsin vs. Ohio State Big 10 conference championship game, I thought it seemed obvious the athletes on one team were faster, stronger and perhaps more athletic at most positions.
To Wisconsin’s credit, and because of a few Ohio State mistakes, Wisconsin hung in and made a close game of it.
As a Badgers fan, losing this game stings. But it made me think about recruitment of student athletes and how teams in both football and basketball routinely acquire more than their share of top talent.
How about this as a solution to bring some parity to NCAA teams: Athletes are given a composite score based on top rating services such as ESPN, scouts and rivals. Each Division I team is given a number that governs who can be added to each team, whether by recruitment or transfer. The sum of their scholarship athlete scores cannot exceed this number.
With this system, Duke and Kentucky, for example, will only be allowed one or two of the top basketball recruits each year. If a talented kid lists Duke as his dream school, he or she needs to commit early in the process before the school reaches its magic number.
Just a thought from a discouraged fan.
Mike Klein, Madison