Well okay before we get settled in for the 2011 season in the span of one summer we’ve seen Ohio state caught with their pants down or should I say shirt off (getting the tattoos done), the U (Miami) with the Man and the money flowing everywhere, and the latest LSU fiasco with the QB and others are accused of Stomping the Yard in a bar or club. Sorry details are sketchy to me outside of the arrest and collection of all of those shoes. Now many folks will go running and scream the sky is falling and say the game has been taking over by gangsters. Relax. Let’s deal with the issue in the title – should college athletes be paid to play? Having played D1 Ball at the UWisconsin and rooming with a total of 6oo lbs of athletes staying in one apartment. In the off-season back in the day we knew $300 total between the three of us was not going to buy a months worth of groceries! Plus, my one roommate was the biggest eater on the team!! A 180lb defensive back!!! Don’t worry I love him like a brother! Both my roommies grew up in the ghetto! It would have been nice to eat happily since at the time we couldn’t have jobs!
I think the solution Urban Meyer & others recommended on ESPN makes sense. Play the players in the sports that generate revenue but place a hook on the $$$$ (I added this piece) . Honestly many of my teammates were looking at a degree solely as a backup plan. Okay I’m lying many didn’t even look at it at all! NFL or bust!! They didn’t think that far! So why support paying the student-athlete? To truly make them think about the student side of student-athlete? It takes the coaches off the hook as well! What’s the solution? NCAA or somebody sets up a weighted formula that rewards an athlete for (character + attendance + grade result or improvement + real community work + study time + biz idea to promote entrepreneurialism) = NCAA Bonus (Student trying). You reward based on the PURSUIT of academic performance total success & not athletics. If the school doesn’t make $$$ for the sport it won’t matter even if it’s football or basketball. For example, if Volleyball is the number one sport it is possible be it TITLE IX or the fellas to exceed expectations. Yes you will still have those that will pay others to try to work around doing the work! LOL But overall, I think it sends message, it is college and a scholarship not an indentured slaveship or PRO factory. Now the student-athlete that still doesn’t want to be a student, let them do Junior colleges and deal with the alternatives – semi-pro, the UFL, the AFL, Pro LAX, Europe Bball etc. . College is a privilege not a right. Please share your thoughts!
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