Good  morning, and thanks for spending part of your day with Extra Points.

I realize that we're in the middle of a dramatic period of change within college sports. NIL, the transfer portal, the work of the transformation committee, and various legal challenges to the NCAA's ability to enforce the status quo have completely upended how recruiting and roster management work for most sports, perhaps most dramatically football and college basketball.

But those are the only forces that are pushing college athletics to change. Sometimes, that change comes from coaches and current athletes. That may be the case right now for men's soccer, as a coalition of athlete and coaches have been pushing to change the calendar of the sport for years. Now, they're close to victory.

In today's Going For Two, Bryan and I sat down with Maryland men's head coach Sasho Cirovski, one of the leading advocates for what's called the 21st Century Model, a system that would move men's soccer from the Fall into a Fall and Spring sport, with the championship occurring in May.

The hope is that this system will make the championship more exciting, will reduce wear and tear on the current athletes, reduce injury risks, and help grow the game.

In this episode, Bryan and I discuss, among other issues:

  • How NIL and the portal has shaped recruiting and roster management in men's soccer
  • What Sasho would say to schools who worry they won't have enough trainers or SID personnel to accommodate additional sports in the Spring
  • What changing the calendar might mean for expanding the potential talent pool for college soccer
  • Why there has been more momentum for big changes in men's college soccer vs women's college soccer
  • and more:

This was a really interesting conversation for me, even as a person who doesn't follow men's soccer super closely, which makes me think you'll enjoy it as well.

There's also some non-soccer talk near the end, as Bryan wraps up spring conference meetings in Arizona, including talk about who is advocting for various changes in the football recruiting process, and who might actually benefit (surprise! Not JUST Alabama!).

Going For Two is the free podcast of Extra Points, which drops every Wednesday and Friday. You can find it via Apple Podcasts, Spotify and wherever else you get your podcasts.

You can also find the videos of our previous podcasts right here.


Here are the other super interesting things we published this week

You can make sure you get every single Extra Points newsletter by upgrading to a paid subscription, which is just $8/mo, or $70 for the year.

Currently enrolled college students (undergraduate OR graduate) can email me at matt@extrapointsmb.com for a special link to get a subscription for 50% off.

We're excited to share some more original reporting next week, as well as something very stupid that we're excited to share with you.


This edition of Extra Points is brought to you by RocaNews.

At the end of 2020, the 3 co-founders of RocaNews quit their jobs because they hated the news. Don't we all?

The news was negative, partisan, and alarmist. They wanted news that didn't obsess over politics. They wanted to know what was going on in the world, but wanted facts – not opinions. So they created RocaNews.

Now 1.2M+ people start their morning with RocaNews. Join them by reading Roca’s free daily newsletter, designed to make you the most interesting person at Happy Hour in 5 minutes

Subscribe today!


This edition of Extra Points is also brought to you by Fit Cult.

Your workout is only half the story. Read the rest in Fit Cult, a weekly newsletter for people who are curious about the latest research, products, shows, books and podcasts that together form our fitness culture. There’s a lot to discover out there and this is your curated highlight reel. Fit Cult is fitness news served quick and easy. Subscribe for free.


Thanks for reading, everybody. Feel free to ping me at matt@extrapointsmb.com, tweet me at @MattBrownEP, hit us up on Instagram at @ExtraPointsMB, or troll us on Reddit at /r/extrapointsmb