There are a few “never start a land war in Asia”-type rules I try to follow when surfing the Intertubes for grist for the GTP mill – don’t click on Bleacher Report slide shows, don’t look at the AJ-C comment threads, etc. – but at the top of my list is to avoid reading what Clay Travis writes.
I broke my rule today.
In my defense, I couldn’t help it. I admit it; I got sucked in with this provocative header.
I really should have known better. Travis, after all, is the guy who thought NCAA amateurism made Cecil Newton blameless. So it’s really no huge leap to go from that to arguing that Northwestern should just go ahead and pay its football players because all that will happen as a result is that the NCAA will be “upset”. I’m not kidding. “Sure, the NCAA would be upset, but what do you want Northwestern to do, not comply with federal law? The NCAA is a voluntary organization, its rules have no force of law.”
Perhaps SMU can tell Travis about what happens when the NCAA gets upset about players getting paid. Jeebus.
It’s truly pathetic that a college kid like Kolton Houston has a better grasp on the relationship between schools, the NCAA and student-athletes than that.
My only hope for Travis is that this was a feeble attempt at a April Fools column.