Here’s another example of why there’s no money in college football to pay players.
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Get you a plate and dig in.
- Don’t count on seeing Justin Scott-Wesley and Malcolm Mitchell play this Saturday.
- You’ve got a funny way of looking for respect, son.
- Anybody think Big Game Bob’s gonna have a problem pulling this off? Not me.
- Jim Delany reminds us that it wasn’t over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor.
- Steve Sarkisian regrets putting Pat Haden on the spot by summoning him to the sidelines. Way to take a bullet, Steve.
- And Pat’s going to self-punish by staying off the sidelines for Southern Cal’s next two games. That should fix everything.
- The Blawg House looks at some of Steve Spurrier’s favorite passing concepts.
- “I don’t really know how scholarships work, honestly.”
Georgia wide receiver Chris Conley’s question last January midway through a three-hour discussion about the new NCAA model seemed to catch the adults off guard. “Where do the student-athletes fit into this governance structure?” Conley asked at the NCAA convention before about 800 attendees.
Wake Forest president Nathan Hatch, the chair of the Division I Board of Directors, responded awkwardly, “That’s not something we’ve wrestled with.”
The header to the link article implies there’s a possibility that the new governance structure gives student-athletes a meaningful opportunity to have impact into rules that affect their lives. The math tells the real story, though.
The new model, assuming it’s not vetoed by the membership over the next two months, gives athletes 18.8 percent of the votes on all autonomy legislation proposed by the Power 5 conferences. For shared governance, athletes get 3.1 percent of the vote.
Wrestle with that, Chris. At best, it might give student-athletes a chance to broker something tightly contested where their small interest is just big enough to swing a vote. But there’s a problem with that, too. Let Conley spell it out.
Given their time demands and other interests, many college athletes understandably don’t actively follow NCAA issues that can directly impact them. Conley, who has been a committee member on SAAC and passionately
“Not everybody knows who to ask the right questions to,” Conley said. “A lot of guys will ask their teammates in the locker room and their teammates don’t know. So it’s like the blind leading the blind. We need to break down some of the barriers that people have when it comes to going to speak to administrators or going to speak to coaches or people who have worked extensively with the NCAA.”
Add in the fact that the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is essentially gelded by the NCAA (a member of SAAC produced an NCAA document that she said requires any position of advocacy taken by SAAC must be approved first by the NCAA’s president or its executive committee) and I think it’s safe to hold off on any victory celebrations if you’re someone in favor of greater student-athlete say-so. And why unionization still makes a lot of suits nervous.
“If they’re selling our jerseys and playing with us on video games and things of that nature, we should receive something for it.”
ESPN survey of the top 300 high school football recruits in the nation reveals that 60% of them favor a players union and over 86% believe players should receive a stipend.
You’re the commissioner of a power conference. You and your peers have bleated steadily over the past few months about how player treatment has to be the number one concern of schools and the NCAA. You’ve sacredly intoned that one of the keystones of collegiate sports is that athletics don’t trump academics. Student-athletes, you acknowledge, deserve time of their own.
And yet this is all you’ve got to say about a specific issue.
Maybe they can lobby Mark Emmert to pass another rule.
A light nosh before SEC Media Days kicks off.
- Here’s a look at the “science” behind those recruiting rankings.
- In lieu of stupid fireworks clips for the Fourth, here’s a pretty neat look at fireworks filmed from a drone’s perspective.
- From the perspective of a Rutgers blogger, this is about as cynical a “thanks, Big Ten” as you’ll read.
- The pro sports players unions sure like Kessler’s antitrust lawsuit.
- How did TAMU’s 2013 passing attack spread the ball around compared to the rest of the SEC?
- Pay no attention to this week’s SEC preseason media poll.
- 247Sports ranks the top five quarterbacks in the SEC East since 1992. Georgia is well represented.
- Georgia trolls, you’ve got a new home.
The NCAA decides it would be a good idea to repeat everything it argued during the O’Bannon trial in an amicus brief supporting Northwestern’s appeal of the ruling by a regional director of the NLRB. It’s joined by six Republican members of Congress – gosh, who would have ever expected that development?
The truly amusing part’s gonna come down the road when the schools, having gotten their asses kicked in antitrust litigation, realize they need a players’ union to negotiate with and find Republicans fighting them on it. Because, you know, unions and freedom.