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I don’t think they should be faulted for staying out. They don’t owe their teams anything. College football is a business. Those who are preparing for the NFL have to do what’s best for their careers. The only reason any NCAA teams played this season was financial. You can make a case that playing would have better prepared them for their career, but I don’t buy into the idea that they should have played to help their team or that they let down their team. Jamie Newman for example transferred to Georgia and never played a down. Did he owe Georgia anything? No he didn’t. But because of injury and opt out he has very little experience, and he’ll likely be on the inactive list every week in the pros. How will he ever be ready to play?

So in hindsight was it was a good decision for players to hold out? That’s a legitimate question. But do they deserve to be marked down for bailing out on their team? No.