"The tail is wagging the dog in relation to the college-county scene at present, with the imbalance very much in favour of the colleges." -- Donegal manager Jim McGuinness.
He is 100pc correct. Quite why counties agreed to allow third-level colleges into their pre-season competitions remains a mystery.
Here's the daft scenario facing county managers: officially, they are not allowed to organise collective training until January 1 for a league that starts five weeks later.
Colleges generally have first call on inter-county players in January, so how is a county manager supposed to get his team ready for the league? Third-level colleges play an important role in GAA life, but they can do that without featuring in inter-county competitions as warm-ups for Sigerson and Fitzgibbon.