February 13th, 2014 11:15 AM║ 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: Gamecocks, Jim Rome, Roger Goodell, Rome
Ex-South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has elected to turn pro after his junior season with the Gamecocks. No one was surprised by his decision. Just as no one should be surprised that he told “Jim Rome on Showtime” that he would have stayed in school if he had been paid:
“Yes. Having to take care of my family, it would have made a difference if I’d have gotten paid. If I would have had the chance to take care of my family through college I would have probably stayed in college…
I think (players should be paid). They are selling our jerseys with our numbers and making money off of ticket sales so I think college athletes should get paid.”
No one drafted Clowney or any other college football players. Those athletes didn’t have to play college ball. They chose to play college ball. And if they didn’t see enough value in getting a free college education — when millions of Americans find themselves buried in student loans for half their lives — then they should have done something else with their time.
It’s the NFL that has an age limit. Players should blame Roger Goodell and company if they want to bark about a lack of wages.
That or athletes should focus on baseball, a sport that allows them to become professionals right out of high school.
But the idea of playing players enough money to “take care” of their families is a non-starter. The biggest schools in the five biggest conferences are fighting like hell for the right to give players an extra two grand or so per semester as part of a full-cost-of-tuition scholarship. That’s as good as it’s gonna get for a while. You think Clowney would view an extra two thousand per semester as enough cash to “take care of his family?”
Here’s guessing that answer is big ol’ no.
And since players aren’t going to be receiving salaries anytime soon, Clowney’s comments to Rome are meaningless. He might as well have said, “I’d have stayed in college if I had wings.”
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