College football players skipping bowl games to avoid risking injury ahead of their NFL futures has become a popular trend and it's not going away.
For the most part, the college football world seems to be OK with this. At least, the rational fans understand why the players are doing it.
One notable college coach is facing some criticism for what he said about the act, though.
Former head coach Randy Shannon, who's currently serving as UCF's defensive coordinator, is not a fan of it.
Speaking a few days before the No. 8 Knights face No. 11 LSU in the Fiesta Bowl, Shannon said he doesn't fault players for leaving early. However, he said it might be hard to get a certain mindset out of a player's head.
"My opinion, it probably will fester more and more in college. And then now the NFL is going to have to make a decision," Shannon said. "If you draft a young man that leaves early and now you're not a playoff team, that young man [is] going to say, 'I'm not going to play.' Same situation. Right, wrong or indifferent."
As pointed out by CollegeFootballTalk, Shannon's comments aren't just criticizable - they're factually wrong.
“The fact that [Shannon] thinks that [spit] matters to people at this level shows just how out of touch he really is,” a longtime NFL scout told CFT in an email that alerted us to the coordinator’s quotes, adding, “It’s embarrassing.”
Everyone just needs to get on board with the idea of players skipping bowl games because at this point, it's not going away.