What does the typical Ohio State player think of the NCAA? Nothing much, if you want to know.
… Small told The Lantern on Wednesday he profited off of memorabilia while at Ohio State, adding that some student-athletes “don’t even think about (NCAA) rules.”
“I had sold my things but it was just for the money,” Small said. “At that time in college, you’re kind of struggling.”
Small, who played receiver at OSU from 2006-2010, capitalized on the Buckeyes’ success during his college career.
“We had four Big Ten rings,” he said. “There was enough to go around.”
Small said he sold the rings to cover typical costs of living.
“We have apartments, car notes,” he said. “So you got things like that and you look around and you’re like, ‘Well I got (four) of them, I can sell one or two and get some money to pay this rent.”
The wheeling and dealing didn’t stop with rings. The best deals came from car dealerships, Small said.
“It was definitely the deals on the cars. I don’t see why it’s a big deal,” said Small, who identified Jack Maxton Chevrolet as the players’ main resource.
Not a big deal? The NCAA sternly begs to differ with you, young man.
“It’s a privilege to participate in intercollegiate athletics and receive these items,” NCAA spokesman Jeff Howard said. “The athletes should cherish those and not profit from them.”
Ah, yes, 2003. Fun times. Back then, ignorance of the law wasn’t an excuse.
… But Gibson said the players were never told they couldn’t sell the rings. And, frankly, he didn’t understand all the fuss.
“I didn’t know there was a rule,” he said. “I should have a right to do with it what I want.”
Fred, my friend, you were just a little bit ahead of your time there. The NCAA is a much more nuanced bunch these days. Just ask Cecil Newton.