September 23rd, 2013 01:30 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: APU, Jay Bilas, NCAA, NFL
Over the weekend, a number of college football players wrote the letters “APU” on their athletic gear in protest of the NCAA. The “All Players United” movement figures to grow each and every week until the NCAA starts paying players cash or outlaws such writing on athletic gear (and the latter will likely come much sooner than the former).
The movement also mentions such things as concussions and NCAA reform, but you can be sure the main goal is get some cash flowing in the athletes’ direction. And with players now protesting and thousands of media members now barking that the NCAA must be toppled and players must be paid, I’ve become convinced.
Pay the players.
Sure, no one from Jay Bilas to your local paper’s columnist has come up with an idea for an incorruptible system that could replace the NCAA should it be toppled like a dictator’s statue. No one has explained which athletes would be paid or how lawsuits from those unpaid would be defeated. No one has explained how paying players will cut down on cheating (as if making some is better than making more). And no one has stated exactly how much those players who would be paid, uh, would be paid. (Steve Spurrier’s idea to pay 75 guys out of each coaches’ wallet sounds good at a Media Days presser — and it’s easy for a guy making $3 million to push for that — but that will never come to pass under any circumstance and Spurrier damn well knows it.)
Despite all that, I’ll go ahead and join the chorus of complainers: Pay the players!
But I do have one requirement. With great cash, will come great responsibility. Yes, I say just throw open the coffers and give the players their booty.
Since there is no other semi-pro or minor league system in place for pre-NFL’ers, these paid players must still go to college to play ball. That much is obvious. That’s why they would be getting paid, right?. Well, since they would be paid, they should also have to pay college tuition like everybody else out there. Out-of-state students crossing state borders should have to pony up a little more. Those who want to play for Vanderbilt or Duke, had better be making enough to cover the quarterly — or would it be “semesterly” — bills.
Some of you are probably already crying foul. It’s ridiculous to make players pay for their own school. “It wouldn’t be fair!”
So? I don’t think it’s fair that coal miners get black lung. Which is why I didn’t become a coal miner.
If kids don’t want to play college ball, they don’t have to. It’s not the US Army circa 1968. No one is drafting these kids and forcing them to play college ball. If it’s unfair, they don’t have to do it. They can get a real job like millions of Americans who would have loved to have gotten a free college education in exchange for playing football (or another sport). Or they could go to school on their own and prepare for a profession, having to pay off college loans for years like millions of American who would have loved to have gotten a free college education in exchange for playing football (or another sport).
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