So I don't know how many of you listen to Mike and Mike, but ESPN radio on 1410 (local in Dayton) is the only sports talk station that doesn't make me want to die when I listen to it. (fox has petros and money and I can't stand those dudes) If any of you listened this morning around 7 am (EST) you would know that Jay Bilas was on and he was talking a little about the sham that the NCAA has become.
It turns out that, while the NCAA claims that they don't use player likenesses for profit, and they don't sell player images, somehow the #2 Texas A&M football jersey with the last name "FOOTBALL" inscribed on the back has somehow been deemed acceptable. Now does anyone really honestly truly believe that the #2 A&M jersey with "FOOTBALL" on the back would signify anything other than Texas A&M Quareterback, #2, Johnny Manzeil, aka Johnny Football?
It's just become such a joke, these schools, and the NCAA make billions of dollars on these kids, but they'll try and tell everyone that they don't. They'll claim they don't sell player likeness, or image, but c'mon, what a joke, and it's a direct slap in the face to these kids. I don't like Manzeil, I think he has behaved like a spoiled brat in the time since winning the heisman trophy, but you all would have to admit the NCAA has screwed up royally in this case.
Free room and board, a first class education, yes I get it, those are things that most kids won't be able to afford and will not be able to attend college because of it. I'm not for paying the players, but if you're going to say you're protecting the player likeness, then go out and release a jersey with his nickname on it, that happens to coincide with his number? C'mon NCAA who are you fooling?