Phillips: “Does Terrelle have any sort of anger or resentment he still holds against coach and the school?”
James: “No, not at all. Not at all. I think he understands that he made a mistake that he’s held accountable for. He wishes he had some things to do over. Irrespective of how harsh and idiotic we think some of the NCAA rules are they are still on the books. You know, they had slavery for all those years. Those rules are still on the books and courts uphold them so until we bring the right lawsuit to go after the NCAA on some of these issues, they stand.”
Horowitz: “And is that something you’re currently working on?”
James: “I am definitely reviewing it.”
Phillips: “Which issues are the ones that you think are the most closely related to slavery? That connection seemed odd to me.”
James: “Well, you’ve got a captured system here in college football. It’s mandated, it’s dictated. The student-athletes have no rights, they have no relief. It’s an archaic, draconian process by which you are basically financed for about nine and a half months of your school year and then you’re to find the money for whatever else is left [of] your expenses. You live in basically poverty through that time period and you’re making a million dollars for institutions.”
Blutarsky’s First Rule of College Athletics Rhetoric: if you manage to blurt out something which has the effect of making me feel more sympathetic towards the NCAA than your client, you’ve failed.