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Comment 30 Mar 2011

And... so how does that hurt us exactly? 


What will happen is big-time college football will be dramatically shrunk and wind up in a sort of 30 team NFL farm-league type system, or a European club soccer youth system. Which lends the question, what's wrong with that?

The smaller schools can revert back to an actual, amateur system, like in the "good old days". Like a club team with players who are actually students as well and have no NFL aspirations. 

And the 30 or so (completely arbitrary #, but the big schools that actually can survive) programs would be schools like tOSU, and its not like we don't churn out NFL talent already. I don't see what's wrong with the big universities becoming affiliated with their own sort of "NFL training program" that makes money. It's not like the university doesn't already pay students to work any # of jobs on campus that produce revenue.  

 The kids who get in but don't quite make it to the NFL still are able to get an education via the university's continuing affiliation to the team, it just wouldn't be any of this "Amateur" BS we get right now. It puzzles me why to the NCAA student-athlete = not being paid. How many normal college students are student-interns or student-secretaries, baristas, waiters, clerks, etc etc? If you get a job while you're in school no one decides to kick you off academic scholarship ...  


Yeah, I guess if you're a fan of some mediocre middle-tier program thats spends more than it should trying to build a football program then you'll suffer. But in that case those schools probably couldnt actually afford a big-time program anyways so it'll be better for them in the long run, fiscally and academically. And as for those fans, well, it'll suck. But call me a heartless bastard i don't care about other fanbases. 


I think when you take the payment schemes that are (obivously) already rampant in college football and bring it out into the open and try to make everything transparent, it'll take a lot of the shady characters and situations out. Sure it wont eliminate it, but nothing will entirely. You look at the European sports model and as far as their youth systems go, those kids still receive an education, yet they also get paid for their work, and the potential for corruption (while still there) is far lessar than the sham system that we have now, which was probably only practical in 1905 when only rich (men) from good families went to college. 




Comment 29 Mar 2011

So a former Tennessee player (who is in trouble with the law now) makes these allegations about Tenn. and we buy it fully, but when say a former OSU recruit, makes oh i dont know similar sketchy allegations we plug our ears up and willfully pretend like we're different from every other big time college football program. 




i love how everyone will read this article and 100% believe the parts about Auburn being dirty as s*it but just selectively ignore the OSU parts. Because Tressel runs a clean ship. It's not like he'd lie about concealing anyhting. That man is a shining beacon of transparencey and morality. And no boosters/alumni/random ppl in Columbus here ever do anything sketch for any player. Like renting cars or anything.  Nope, we're OSU and we're classy and clean and f*ck those SEC cheaters who beat the tar out of us on the field. 

Comment 28 Mar 2011

To be fair, 2006 isn't really all that unexpected in hindsight. George Mason, yes, but that UCLA team was loaded with NBA talent (collison - farmar - Affalo- mbah a moute), as was LSU (big baby, Tyrus thomas) and UF (Noah-horford-brewer). 


i highly doubt VCU or butler will be producing trios of nba talent