NCAA Hypocrisy From the Beginning

By Jeremy Birmingham on September 14, 2011 at 2:28p

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Powers's picture

Taylor Branch.... Standing Ovation

omahabeef1337's picture

That article makes me feel dirty for enjoying NCAA sports more than overtly professional sports.

NW Buckeye's picture

It's easy to accentuate the negative.  He does a great job.  However, there is a positive side to it as well.  But, he is right.  The NCAA is walking a fine line, and it could end up breaking up in the not too distant future.

Nappy's picture


I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face

Nitz25's picture

I've said it before and I'll say it again... College athletes should not be paid to play sports.  If you wanna increase their scholarships stipend, fine... but do so for every scholarship athlete at the school.  The day someone like Terrelle Pryor gets to see $100,000 a year from the OSU athletic department is the day I stop rooting for the Buckeyes and all of college football.

M Man's picture

Absolutely, Nitz!  Paying college athletes solves nothing, and it only exacerbates the situation that the writers complain about.  And assuredly, the only people suggesting that college athletes should be paid, are sportswriters.

If the sportswriters want to complain that there needs to be more "student" in "student-athlete," I'm fine with that.  I'm all ears, as to those kinds of bylaws.  But paying students to play football and basketball won't help with that.

btalbert25's picture

Seems to me that paying the athletes opens up a whole new can of worms.  Then they'd be "employees" and the schools would be open to some of the worker's comp suits that were cited in the article.  Also, you know they'd unionize fairly quickly.  Paying these guys would kill college sports.  


btalbert25's picture

The article does a good job of proving my position that the only tradition college sports have ever cared about is $$$$.  All the other stuff fans like us have bought into, and ultimately we've contributed to the problem.  There's no way to really fix it or clean it up.  The schools are always going to lock into contracts with the likes of Nike.  TV revenue is going to through the roof even more.  

I think the guys should be allowed to make money off of their name and their stuff, however again another can of worms gets openned.  How do they handle it for tax purposes?  Are we going to have starters thrown in jail because they made 40,000 off of autographs and didn't report it?  It's an extremely broken system, that a few are making a bundle on the backs of people who have no choice but to go to a college and play football. 


Orlando Buckeye's picture

I think that instead of paying players, we need to just let them go pro after high school if they want.  The top HS players in the country could probably get a contract from a pro team (maybe not to play right away but to work out and practice).  Let the kids who actually want to go to college play college ball.  


Sure the "level" of play may go down a bit, but I'll still root for the Buckeyes!

btalbert25's picture

I think this is a good idea if there were somewhere for the players to actually go and develop as players.  Maybe it would force the NFL into forming a devlopmental league or something.

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

can i just point out how absurd it is we are having this talk?


To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Scott K's picture

"Jim Tressel, the highly successful head football coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes, resigned last spring after the NCAA alleged he had feigned ignorance of rules violations by players on his team. At least 28 players over the course of the previous nine seasons, according to Sports Illustrated, had traded autographs, jerseys, and other team memorabilia in exchange for tattoos or cash at a tattoo parlor in Columbus, in violation of NCAA rules"

Feigned ignorance?  Wrong.  He willfully chose to ignore the rule(s), and admitted he knew he'd get caught. This makes it sound like JT broke rules while being completely unaware of any wrong doing. That's simply not true.  Oh, and it was THIS PAST SPRING, not last spring.

28 players over 9 years?  WRONG.  Why is this SI myth still being quoted as fact?!?  The NCAA, through it's LOA has shown this to be untrue.

I don't care how good the rest of the article is.  You've lost credibility in my eyes Mr Branch.  Do your homework.  Beside the fact that the article's length makes Ramzy's normal post length look short.

"There's a fine line between stupid, and....clever.  David St. Hubbins/Nigel Tufnel