As most know… I’m a big Miami Hurricane fan. So I’ve been quiet on this whole mess. Waiting for the real facts to come out over time.
I’ll say this though. Just remember that these allegations are coming from a convicted felon serving 20yrs behind bars. While I fear they are true, just wait and see what’s real and what’s not before calling for the “death penalty” which simply ridiculous. At most it will be a bowl ban for a few years.
I feel bad for Al Golden who inherited this and hasn’t even coached a game yet. And don’t even get me started on the issue that players should be paid anyway. Schools make millions off of these kids, and don’t pull the “they are getting an education” bullshit. Every major school does the same thing. It’s nothing new.
I find it amusing in a system that can’t even get a playoff and have a true National Championship, that they can continue to have rules that inheritingly restrict players rights as people first. People talk about all the perks that student athletes have, and that is true. But what most don’t mention is all the restrictions they have as well. Being a student athlete might give you fame and access, but it also makes you a target for rogue agents, “street” agents, gold diggers and boosters that not only want their school to succeed but also a little kickback if you make it. And then there are the NCAA who says you can’t even talk to certain people, go certain places and accept anything that is not quote on quote available to all other students. Yet, if a student that is not a member of the athletic program gets offered a free plane ride out to interview for an internship then why is not okay for an athlete to ride a yacht?
Facts are that the any other student on campus can and does receive benefits that the athletes are not technically allowed to receive. A family friend wants to help a kid out who is struggling and the kid wants to pay them back when they get out of college via a loan or whatever? Sure no problem. Other industries are big money too. Just without the fanfare. Schools like Miami that have big time law programs produce 6 figure graduates all the time. Any rules that stop a law student from having lunch with a potential employer? Nope.
Bottom line is that athletes are no different than a med student or law student or someone trying to get a degree in business. They are at the school to get ahead in the world. Get a job after college. And while only a few make it to the NFL or NBA, MLB or whatever, they are there to chase that profession. Same as any other student. Except in the case of athletes, the NCAA, the school and the TV/radio networks all profit off of their work and performances.
If you want to use the “they are getting a free education” defense, let me excuse you from the conversation as you are obviously not aware that lots of college kids that do not play sports get a free education via scholarships and grants and never make a dime for the school. These kids play sports, but make millions for the schools in question.
I’m sure there will be some evangelists that come at me with the “tradition” and “rules are rules” nonsense. But if you want to speak about tradition, the NCAA and major schools have been breaking “rules” since before any of us were born. It’s just a matter of who gets caught. Fair is fair. But sometimes rules are not always right just because someone wrote them on a piece of paper.