‘All Players United’

What impresses me about Emerson’s piece on the offensive linemen’s APU protest last Saturday is how thoughtful and respectful the responses are.

From the head coach:

… Georgia head coach Mark Richt didn’t appear overly concerned on Tuesday, three days after the protest, saying he was “still trying to figure out the whole deal.”

“I was probably like a lot of people, seeing it on the (ESPN) ticker after the game,” Richt said. “I just have to educate myself a little better with what it’s all about.”

Richt did indicate he had sympathy for the overall sentiment of APU.

“We have the freedom of speech in our country, but the question is what’s the most appropriate way of doing it, so that’s the only thing,” Richt said. “Based on what I read about, what their concerns were seemed like pretty legitimate concerns. Whatever they are trying to accomplish is being done in a respectful way, so that’s all I really know.”

From Lynch:

“They bring so many people in here to educate us about the NFL, and there’s some guys who will never see the NFL. If you’re a college athlete, whether it be soccer, track or basketball, the NCAA needs to fund and require representatives to go to schools, public or private in the U.S., and really educate them as to what you’re actually doing when you sign your letter-of-intent,” Lynch said.

“I’m signing away the same rights I basically have when I sign with an agent at the end of the season. Obviously there’s differences, the compensation, this and that. But I’m signing away our name and our rights is something parents and the prospective athlete needs to understand a little bit more about. Because I was just happy to get a full ride, I wasn’t really looking too much into the details about it. I just knew that when I signed that name I got to go play football and go to school for free. And I was like: Yeah, that’s tight, sign me up.”

There’s more there worth reading.  I wonder how much of the attitudes expressed are the result of suffering through the Green and Houston suspensions.  Probably a fair bit.

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24 responses to “‘All Players United’

  1. Governor Milledge

    Lynch is relatively vocal on Twitter about politics… he retweets a fair number of politicians (haven’t seen another UGA FB player do it as often).

    I think he is very aware of how to frame & present issues in a coherent fashion and his comments definitely should guide APU if they want to ever be taken seriously

  2. JRW7

    College players get paid, just what does 4 years of education now cost at UGA? I had to pay for mine myself!

  3. Marshall

    Yeah, but working a job while you’re in school is a lot easier when you’re not practicing all the time, playing games, doing other activities representing the University , etc. That’s why you’ve got to have a stipend in my opinion.

    • JG Shellnutt

      Yeah but school is easier when you have a joke of a major, a joke of a schedule, mandatory study hall, and 10 tutors “helping” you with every assignment, paper, and test prep.

      • Dawgwalker07

        School being easy doesn’t necessarily give you money to put food on the table though.

        • adam

          Yep. Plus we have plenty of players who aren’t in “joke majors” and don’t have “joke schedules”.

        • JG Shellnutt

          I didn’t say that it did. My comment dealt directly with someone who felt it was easier to pay your own way through school than go through on athletic scholarship.

        • Piper

          these kids can go to the dining hall whenever they want to, no? they’re in the nicest “dorms” on campus. they’re given tons of apparel and shoes. most get the pell grant for spending money. they live for free AND get an education, not to metion a platform to showing off their talents every week for 4 years prior to “interviewing” for their dream jobs. forgive me if i don’t feel sorry for them because they don’t have time to work a side job.

    • AthensHomerDawg

      Just how naive are you? Given the same circumstances….. ie. you scholly or work your way through school. So it is much easier to work?
      1.$8,655 for state residents at public colleges,
      2.The College Board reports that the average cost of room and board in 2012–2013 ranged from $9,205 at four-year public schools .
      3.The College Board reports the average cost for books and supplies for the 2012–2013 school year was $1,200 at public colleges.
      Yeah… that looks easier.

  4. Darrron Rovelll

    Well let’s just throw this study out there for fun.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-the-average-university-of-texas-football-player-is-worth-578000-2013-9

    UGA players should be earning about $414k if they had an NFL-type collective bargaining agreement but are about $27,414 in scholarship value instead.

    Discuss.

  5. Will Trane

    Here is the other side. Some bright aspiring investment profit driven business person is going to put a package together, aka as minor league teams in baseball. Do not sign the LOI,, but sign a contract with us to play a minor league schedule while we coach and develop you for the NFL. Think it can or will not happen. Well it is being discuussed big time. Get ready. NCAA will be under assulat

    • Governor Milledge

      See: USFL, 1983-1987

    • Puffdawg

      If this league were developed, after the first few years, we’d start hearing about how thw “owners” – the guys who took massive risks and invested massive amounts of money gambling on the players – were exploiting all the players and making all the money. For colleges though, they’re not taking any risk and every player ever signed to a scholarship is bringing in $14,000 per year.

  6. Will Trane

    You are a 4 star, 5 star, a beast high school prospect. Do not sign that LOI with UGA, Bama, LSU, or whoever. Sign with us…a league…a pipeline to the NFL…Why should Miles, Meyers, and gang get the big bucks along with the schools at your expense. You just want to develop and get to the Sunday and Monday night game. We get the players, the coaches and facilities follow, plus no class schedule during season, but a nice weekly paycheck with benefits. During off season you can go to school or if you get cut you can go to school. Give it a try. Why should the NFL pipeline be thru a campus. This is being thought about by some and many high school players.

    • Athens Townie

      Interesting thoughts. Pretty massive start-up/infrastructure costs, mature market, barriers to entry, etc. Biz plan would be fascinating.

      Doesn’t operating the minor league actually cost MLB franchises money?

      I’m guessing the NFL — not just the NCAA — loves having a free development league as popular as college football. It’s a free pipeline that builds ready-made fan support. Look how many of us follow/cheer for Dawgs in the NFL.

    • Ellis

      Just don’t get hurt or not live up to expectations. NFL or car wash, that’s a pretty big gamble.