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Daily Archives: October 22, 2015
NCAA vice president Oliver Luck and ESPN analyst Jay Bilas appeared at a debate this week at Texas A&M about whether college athletes should be allowed to be paid. Check out this absurd discussion:
The most compelling dialogue occurred after Bilas described how revenue continues to increase in the multi-billion-dollar industry without players being allowed to maximize their value. Luck said he’s happy the industry’s money increases because it supports many sports teams. Bilas pressed Luck on whether it’s antithetical to what college is about when the money returning to schools gets paid in exorbitant sums to coaches and administrators. Luck acknowledged it’s a “challenge” to justify some of the coaching salaries but added there’s no legal mechanism for an NCAA cap.
“It doesn’t change in my mind the rationale because those are adults,” Luck said. “We’re talking about college students age 18 to 22, whatever it may be.”
Bilas: “Which most people would call adults.”
Luck: “They are in many respects adults. Right. They can go serve in the military.”
Bilas (laughing): “Like the law. The law calls them adults.”
Luck: “Correct. But there’s still a lot of in loco parentis (legal responsibility for an organization to take on some of the functions of a parent) on campus with athletic programs because ultimately teams are responsible for the health and safety of student-athletes.”
This is the best the number two guy at the NCAA can do to defend its bedrock principle.
And that wasn’t even the dumbest thing Luck had to say.
Luck argued that allowing athletes to be paid would make it difficult to motivate them for an education. If athletes could market themselves for money, Luck said, “there’s simply no time to do that, particularly an 18- or 19-year-old who’s not necessarily sophisticated in business or promotion.” Said Bilas: “I can tell you right now there are Texas A&M athletes on a plane flying to SEC (basketball) media day so they’ve got the time to promote college athletics when it’s making the enterprise some money. If it’s making themselves some money, we’ve got to stop that. They don’t have time for that.”
Aside from Bilas’ rebuttal, if you take Luck’s comment there out to its logical conclusion, no college student should have a paying job on the side. Unless Luck is arguing that only student-athletes have a motivation problem, which is dumb… although, come to think of it, in the midst of taking so many dumb positions, what’s one more?
Steve Spurrier didn’t need an agent when he was coaching at South Carolina. But now?
CAA has signed former college football coach Steve Spurrier for representation in all areas. Spurrier, who resigned last week as the coach of the Univ. of South Carolina, will be represented by a team of agents, including powerful coaching agent Jimmy Sexton and powerful broadcasting agent Nick Khan.
It takes a village to raise a football commentator. Or at least his contract.
And for a guy who insisted Brice Ramsey was a mortal lock to start at quarterback this season, Dean Legge sounds like someone possessed with the fury of a thousand suns. Makes you wonder if he lost a bet.
Um, Ohio State… if you’re not gonna use Cardale Jones for a while, could Georgia borrow him? Asking for a friend.
I’m sure they’ll promise to take good care of him.
Random off-week tidbits for your dining pleasure:
- Nick Chubb’s surgery is scheduled for next week. “Optimistic” seems to be the word of the day about that.
- Anybody wanna bet that Carl Lawson is back in time for Auburn’s game with Georgia?
- Both teams will be wearing the home jerseys in Jacksonville again. Me likee.
- Texas has reached a 15-year agreement with Nike expected to pay upwards of $200 million. The Patterson rebranding pays off!
- Any blog sporting the mantra “life’s too short to eat bad BBQ.” is going to get a nod from me. Here’s a nice post that ought to be of interest to any Georgia fan planning on going to the Cocktail Party via St. Simons.
- And here’s another young Georgia blogger getting started.
- Brady Hoke second-guessing Jim Harbaugh is about as rich as it gets.
- Florida has 216 people show up to try out for the walk-on kicker cast call. “As long as they can flip it up there through the uprights, I’m good with it,” McElwain said Wednesday during the SEC coaches teleconference.
- Here’s an update on some of Georgia’s walking wounded.
- ESPN announces cuts of about 4% of its workforce; CEO says its “part of a broad strategy to ensure we’re in position to make the most of opportunities to build the future of ESPN.” Uh huh.
- Malcolm Mitchell loves him some Batman. No, really.
There’s some good stuff, but, man, when you see plays where Lambert does things exactly as he’s coached, it sure is frustrating to think about the plays where he doesn’t