William Tecumseh Sherman
William Tecumseh Sherman
It's important not to conflate paying the players from the school's coffers with allowing players to make money on their own through sponsorships, etc. The former could cause many of the complications you mention, but the latter seems like a win-win to me.
To respond more directly to your concerns:
1. Every player at Oregon is already benefitting from their relationship with Nike and every player in the SEC is already benefitting from the league's contract with ESPN. On an individual level, players whose wares would sell would get sponsors regardless of where they played, just like they do in all the professional leagues. Phil Knight didn't get where he is by placing his rooting interests above his business interests.
2. I think your concerns about increasing separation between the "haves" and "have nots" would be more legitimate in a pay for play model where schools pick up the check. But if it's up to the players to get sponsors as they are able, the schools would likely just negotiate for a cut of that additional revenue. How would that so dramtically affect the landscape between conferences? Why would that have a negative impact on non-revenue sports? It would just be more money flowing into the athletic department of any school with a superstar.
I totally agree that "just pay the players" resolves no problems. But I see no legitimate reason to keep student athletes from going out on their own to make money how they can. It's like telling the kids in computer science they aren't allowed to go develop a lucrative new app because they're still in school. It makes no sense.
I'm not saying they're getting a raw deal as it is, but I see no reason to prevent players from profiting off of their own image. Say Braxton gets a shoe deal with Nike. The school would get a cut. Who is losing in that scenario? No one but Mark Emmert and his antiquated notions of amateurism.
The more I think about it, forgoing the opportunity to earn vast sums of money to protect someone else's baseless, high-minded notions of fair play is a pretty raw deal.
"We don't want to be like the SEC in any way, shape or form."
This is my unequivocal favorite:
That is a pretty egregious error, but the picture is so awesome I didn't even notice until you pointed it out. Takes a pretty tremendous photo and signature to dwarf an SEC-level spelling oversight.
I could see Hill playing at 1 and being damn good at it to boot. Schutt also could slide over to 1. Hopefully this is a sign that Carter and Hill are stepping things up.
If memory serves, this kickoff came after EzE just scored a touchdown to cap a drive featuring several impressive runs. Then right back on the field to take someone's head off. Have to love that.
Still confused about how Gary Harris literally provided exclamation points for a basketball game.
"I just farted on your pillow. You're welcome."
SUNY - Buffalo: 9
I have thought the same. Brown needs to go and Herman would have to be at or near the top of UT's list. As much as I would like to keep Herman around, head coach at UT would be a tremendous opportunity for him. Particularly now, when the program is down so there won't be so much pressure to win at the highest levels right away.
Mark May, YOU'RE an idiot.
More Coombs gold courtesy of theozone.net:
It seems like people are forgetting about Jordan Hall. Won't he be the incumbent #1 at the pivot/hyrbid position? Or will he just add more depth to the RB spot? If memory serves, UFM consistently listed Hall as the #1 playmaker on the squad last year before the dog sh** heard 'round the world.
Dude. Chill out with the ellipses.
Good beats evil 38-27.
I think this article is spot on. The only problem is that it's written on a site called Eleven Warriors. A tad ironic???