Matt Murschel | College Football 365
11:24 AM EDT, May 1, 2013
You ain’t got a thing, if you ain’t got that bling.
This time last year, conference realignment news was all the rage. This year, it appears rings are the next big thing. Everywhere you turn, somebody in college football is getting a ring. It’s like Oprah, “You get a ring! You get a ring! And you get a ring!”
Some of the jewelry is well-deserved.
Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray took to Twitter to show off his new SEC East champions ring Wednesday. "Time to get a National Championship ring next year.These are sweet!," the senior tweeted.
It was the second straight divisional championship for the Bulldogs and well-worth commemorating the accomplishment.
Then there is North Carolina.
The Tar Heels tweeted out photos earlier this week of their ACC Coastal Division championship ring. There’s only one catch. North Carolina was under NCAA sanctions and therefore unable to participate in the conference championship. That meant that while they own the tie-breaker over Miami, they couldn’t technically win the division. Instead it went to the Hurricanes.
Nevertheless, head coach Larry Fedora thought his players still deserved something to commemorate the accomplishment. While not illegal in the NCAA sense of things, it just makes you wonder if it’s truly a good idea to award players for every little accomplishment. It’s like handing out participatory ribbons to kids for just giving their all-out best effort.
Ohio State did something similar when Urban Meyer gave his players rings to celebrate the team’s 12-0 season last year despite the fact that the program was also under NCAA sanctions and therefore unable to play for a conference championship. I’m willing to bend a little here on this one. A perfect season is really a tremendous accomplishment and worthy of remembering for quite some time.
Of course, it wasn’t lost on some that it was former players who traded things like rings to a local tattoo parlor owner for free tattoos that got the Buckeyes in the mess in the first place, but oh well.
Former Florida State quarterback Danny Kanell took to Twitter to throw his two-cents in on the subject. "U want rings?? I got rings. FYI you want the one in the middle with the #1 on it." He included a photo of seven of his rings that he received during his time in Tallahassee.
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