saying that the NCAA has the best trainers, etc., is misleading. Nothing requires an 18 year to go to college. Go to the IMG Academies. Hire that QB guru out of pocket. Go play in the CFL. You're trying to make it seem like these kids have no options and are forced into the system. That's total bullsh!t.
At no point did I say that those perks are given out of the kindness of anyone's heart, but thanks for trying to put words in my mouth. Those perks, like the ipads, are selling points for recruits. But that's not the point. Those are benefits offered to the athletes that typical students don't get.
As the Kirk Barton tidbit points out - that you posted by the way - these young adults would be wise to take the gracious gift they've been offered that tens of thousands would take if they could because even those good enough to make it to the NFL have short careers. Go get that free degree that you've been given the chance to go after. If you do, you gotta play by their rules. HOWEVER, as I pointed out from the getgo, nothing forces them into that situation.
Empathy???!!! Tens of thousands of kids would change places with these guys in a second and you want me to show them empathy??? Envy is the word you are looking for.