With the continuous technology updates and ability to edit, transform and access videos online, it has changed the way college football has gone about exchanging game films with their opponents.
Sportsmanship has been instilled to each upcoming generation to help teach children understand how to be a good and honest player on and off the field. But how are we supposed to preach the qualities of good sportsmanship when those who run upper division sports are setting a bad example with their fowl play?
In the past, teams would trade film reels with their opponents in order to learn each others plays and strategies so they could formulate their plan of attack for the up coming game. Most teams play within their conference and are usually under oath to honestly trade videos within their conference. It is an extremely delicate transaction that is heavily reliant on honesty and has severe repercussions if they refuse the exchange or tamper with any footage. However, when it comes to switching films with teams outside of the conference bracket, then that has risks all of its own.
With the many high definition cameras set up around the field, it makes it easier to document every snap and play. In addition to all the sophisticated film quality and ability to edit the films, there has been some serious detective work that investigates teams cutting out major parts of plays to help throw off opponents.
Luckily, with the advanced film era most of the mischief and fowl play has been minimized. If coaches are wanting so much they need to be able to give in return. The trading of films can run smoothly as long as everyone plays fairly. Hopefully the world of college football can encompass what it truly means to play fairly.