Talk about adding insult to injury – it’s not enough that schools sell the paraphernalia of former players… er, ‘scuse me, student-athletes, without cutting them in on the action. Nope, they make ‘em pay for that stuff, just like any other sucker.
… And yet, Asper says, “it kind of ticks me off” that the school would sell it.
Asper has three jerseys he wore in bowl games. Under NCAA rules, players can’t be given much more. They’re allowed to buy them, but while Asper waits for the weekend, hoping to get a call from the NFL, he’s living on a shoestring budget in Boise, home of his wife’s parents, and says:
“I haven’t made a trip back with enough money in my pocket to buy a jersey.”
When Nate Costa’s career ended, he borrowed from his parents to purchase every uniform he’d worn. At least he thinks he got all of them. He does not want to see No. 7 with “COSTA” pop up on the site.
“We just don’t feel it’s right,” says Costa, speaking for several players. “You have to buy your own jersey and if you don’t, they’ll sell your own jersey to make a profit.”
That’s what amateurism is all about.