Not asking for you to be biased. Just responding about your first post saying only one of seven being offended. Where was I childish in anything I said and where did I say you hated him. You take shots at him quiet often but,each to their own. You seem to read into post what you want to. I am not the typical UK fan that brings up wins, championships, etc... that is stupid to do and I get aggravated at UK fans for doing that. I have noticed that if someone replies back to you then you usually reply in a smartass way. But this is your site and you can do as you wish. Nothing I have typed has been "childish retort". Just called out the boo-hoo stupid retort you posted.
This morning, UK’s John Calipari spoke with the folks at KentuckySportsRadio.com — one of this site’s favorite team-specific SEC sites, by the way — and laid out his plan for paying players a “living expense.” But it wasn’t just a plan for paying players. No, it was so much more:
1. Coach Cal believes four new “super conferences” would need to be created. He proposed Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western conferences, each featuring 16 to 18 schools that play both Division I football and basketball. That’s a minimum of 64 schools — close to the current BCS total — and a max of 72. These super conferences would not be part of the NCAA.
2. Calipari would open the national basketball tournament up to every member of the super conferences. So come tourney time, you’d have to scratch non-football schools like Gonzaga, Georgetown, Butler, Xavier and Marquette from your brackets. (And that’s Problem One.)
3. For football, Calipari would create a four-team playoff featuring the champion from each 16-18 team super conference. In theory that four-team playoff from among the nation’s 64-72 top football programs would generate a huge wave of new cash. (Oh, and the bowl system would still exist for the non-champs in each super conference.)
4. The new money would then allow athletes to be paid — according to Calipari — about three to four thousand dollars a year. So the TV money, corporate sponsorships, etc would fund the players’ new salaries. According to the coach, there would not only be room for all the players to make money, but there would also be enough surplus to dole out $10 million to each school to fund academics, intramural programs and to “get their Title IX in order.”
Personally, I like Calipari. Sure his reputation ranks somewhere between a tsetse fly and diptheria, but he’s never been caught doing anything wrong and he’s a guy who knows how to market his sport. I like his big picture ideas. But this one wouldn’t work. Here’s why:
1. Who will be in charge of enforcing the rules for these new super conferences? Dumping the NCAA elicits a “Yay!” from fans everywhere, but the NCAA will have to replaced by something new. “Boo!”
2. Who will be in charge of actually making the new rules? Think Jim Delany, Mike Slive, John Swofford and Larry Scott all share the same view on oversigning limits, academic entrance requirements, and revenue shares?
3. Which players get paid? If Calipari is suggesting only basketball and football players get paid, then everyone should expect lawsuits to be filed from the East, West, North and South. If there’s money to be had, everyone will want to grab some of it. Including women’s basketball players, baseball players, softball players and right on down the line to the cross-country ballroom dancers. And before you dismiss all those folks with a simple “Screw ‘em,” just know that their attorneys (and their reps in Congress) will likely demand a better rationale for cutting them out come payday.
4. What happens if a scholarship player blows his knee out in August? Does he still get paid to do rehab and take part in team meetings? Or does a walk-on take his place, earn a scholarship and claim the injured players cash? Or worse, does a walk-on just get jilted so the scholarship player can keep his money?
I could go on and on. The point is this, paying players is a nice idea. In theory, why would anyone be against it? But in reality it can’t be done. Every plan brings a hundred new hoops through which schools would need to jump.
And breaking off from the NCAA would require more lawyers and arbitration hearings than anyone would ever want to follow. All just to get to the point where fans and coaches can start to complain about the body set up to replace the NCAA.
Kudos to Calipari for thinking big and thinking out loud. The world needs more theorists. But this paper airplane just won’t fly.