In football terms, Willie Taggart feels the 'Bern'
Clearly, the USF-UCF rivalry is intense enough without a political element being interjected, but that's what happened -- albeit briefly -- at the American Athletic Conference media day Tuesday.
Check out this video (starting at the 2:50 mark) from a roundtable discussion of East Division coaches, and you get a socialism-versus-meritocracy discourse between Willie Taggart and Scott Frost.
It all started when Taggart was asked what changes he would implement if he were NCAA commissioner: "I would distribute the money equally amongst everyone in FBS football," he said.
To which moderator (and CBS Sports play-by-play announcer) Brent Stover asked, "So Alabama and USF would receive the exact same amount?"
"You'd see a lot of changes then," Taggart said. "A lot of changes."
Moments later, Frost was asked if there's anything he'd change.
"I just think a lot of rules need to be addressed and monitored a little better to make sure that the playing field's level. I wouldn't take quite so much of a Bernie Sanders approach to the money distribution," he said.
"But I think that's gonna change anyway. I think as the TV model changes, potentially people are going to be able to tune in to just what they want to see rather than what TV's put on. I think that will even out the money with the people that deserve it.
"I believe in a meritocracy and I hope our conference can continue to push the envelope on what we're able to provide for our schools and student-athletes, but I also think that you have to earn that."