Today’s profile in BS

Responding to a question about student-athlete compensation in the context of the Arian Foster allegations, David Cutcliffe said schools can’t pay kids the full cost of attendance because “…nobody is really getting rich off of this”.

Cutcliffe is making somewhere in the neighborhood of $1.8 million per year.  Rich?  As we like to say here at the blog, I do not think that word means what you think it means.

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29 responses to “Today’s profile in BS

  1. Gravidy

    Wow. There are ways to defend not paying players, but saying “nobody is really getting rich off of this” is not one of those ways.

    • Patrick

      My preferred way to defend it is that there ARE people getting rich, and many, many of those people are former players.

      Follow the money. Nobody benefits more from the rising tide of college football money than the current players who go on to be former players.

  2. cube

    Yeah but after taxes he’s only making a little over a million!

    What an asshole. I wonder how his slaves…err…players feel about that comment. Of course if they did voice their opinion, they might face disciplinary measures.

  3. Go Dawgs!

    Folks, $200,000 is mega-rich compared to the vast, vast majority of people in this country. You’re making $1.8 million per to coach DUKE with the results you’re having at DUKE and you’re trying to tell me that you’re not getting rich off of it? Screw you, Cutcliffe.

  4. Boz

    Oh how perfect this sounds coming from a dukie.

  5. DawgPhan

    So thankful for the coach we have.

  6. Dog in Fla

    Death by a Thousand Cutcliffes

  7. JRW7

    College Players are getting a FREE college education, plus free meals, plus free room and board, plus some $$$ now, and if the NCAA does decide to pay them more, cheating $$$ will still happen, why, because greed happens and always will. The star athletes will always think they deserve more. It all about the greed for more money, and always will be a more and more $$$ situation. Where will it end???

  8. Macallanlover

    Lack of leadership from the NCAA and Presidents led to this getting to the potential insurrection level of what APU could lead to; lack of foresight means they have now lost control of where this will end. Doing what was right years ago would have made this go down much easier. Poor management inevitably leads to serious problems, no one to blame but themselves.

    The application of stipends to scholarships is badly needed but there needs to be a way to separate this from “all other” scholarships or it could bring the house down. Don’t know if this would work but was thinking about how “full” and “partial” scholarships are used by football, basketball, vs golf, baseball, track, etc. Why not define “full scholarships” as ones that come with spending allowances, and partials as anything less by various degrees? Seems too simple and I am sure the PC police will shoot the idea down but the thought of all scholarships not being equal already exists.

    • Lack of leadership from the NCAA and Presidents led to this getting to the potential insurrection level of what APU could lead to; lack of foresight means they have now lost control of where this will end. Doing what was right years ago would have made this go down much easier. Poor management inevitably leads to serious problems, no one to blame but themselves.

      Spot on, Mac.

      Lots of chickens coming home to roost…

    • AlphaDawg

      I was thinking it could be simple as making the players employees of the school and paying them minimum wage. There are limits to how many hours of practice allowed I think its 20 hours a week during the season. Not sure how/if you could distingish between scholly and non-scholly players.

      • Boz

        Employment would require workers compensation insurance, and takes care of the medical bills and provide for indemnity payments work related injuries. While it would be expensive for the schools, it would take care of many of the health related issues that come with playing a sport.

    • Full Ride….you know? Like back in the day.

      • Macallanlover

        Are we talking scholarships here? :) Back in the day, there was more than one meaning for that….sometimes more than once a night!

        • Mac you need to behave yourself. Full Ride means everything that is necessary for you to complete your education within a reasonable amount of time. Sponsors from the CC furnish that Ride. That would be The Lindley Heflin Society, Junior League of Atlanta, Augusta National, etc. etc. No body needs to know about the details. Private funds…as my Mother used to say,” Baby, it’s not what you know, it is who you know.” It helps to know a little bit about everything.

  9. MykieSee

    Is there a College Player’s Association somewhere in the future? That would be awesome! . Where would we get the scabs from if the college players went on strike?

  10. Joe Schmoe

    Why in the hell would Cutcliff open his dumb mouth on this issue? If I were a coach, I would be keeping my head down.

    • Scorpio Jones, III

      Must be sharing a building with Coach K….

    • AthensHomerDawg

      Well it’s not like anybody else is getting rich either. ;-)
      “AP’s review also found that Slive, the SEC commissioner, received a $1 million bonus in 2008, nearly doubling his pay that year to $2.1 million. SEC spokesman Charles Bloom said that bonus was for two TV deals the SEC negotiated that year, with ESPN and CBS.”
      and it is not likely to change any time soon.

      “It brings into sharp focus that it is immoral for grown men to exploit young athletes in the way that they do, then shamelessly say after these young men bring in so much money that they are not entitled to any part of it,” said Ernie Chambers, a former Nebraska state senator who has advocated paying college athletes since the 1970s.”

  11. W Cobb Dawg

    Cutcliffe didn’t get Hans Delbrook’s brain. I knew he was one of the biggest a-holes to be found when he called Champ Bailey “Chump” Bailey.

  12. Dog in Fla

    The poetic stylings of Arian Foster

    “I miss you like the sun rise”
    by Arian Foster
    [now dedicated to David and so many others like him without whom tacos would never have been possible]

    “I miss you like the sun rise
    Winter nights became reality’s home,
    Snow men stand here like soldiers of Rome,
    My tears freeze before they kiss the wind,
    I think of warmth and miss you then,
    Since when when did rose petals crack While pondering love,
    Dressed in pitch black with this sombering sun,
    I sit an fish, out of the river Styx,
    Catching cold souls with their quivered lips,
    They whisper sweet like lemons drip,
    And gaze my eyes like Medusa’s gift,
    My bait is smiles.
    Unhook me, look me not into dusk,
    Ease my cuts, and release my lust,
    Inhale my words, and breathe my wants,
    Let the light marry my eyes,
    And let the same inherit the skies.
    I miss you like the sun rise.”

    http://blog.chron.com/texanschick/2010/08/the-poetic-stylings-of-arian-foster/