Evidently it’s okay for Olympic athletes to pocket a few bucks for their success and still compete in NCAA athletics. But when somebody starts making Emmert-type money, well…
The NCAA will likely “very quickly” address a rule that allowed a University of Texas swimmer to receive $740,000 from Singapore for winning a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, NCAA president Mark Emmert said Thursday.
Joseph Schooling, a junior at Texas, won gold in the 100-meter butterfly at the Olympics, defeating a field that included Michael Phelps. The Singapore National Olympic Council awarded Schooling nearly three-quarters of a million dollars, an amount he can keep without losing his college eligibility due to NCAA rules tied to Olympic awards.
“To be perfectly honest, it’s caused everybody to say, ‘Oh, well that’s not really what we were thinking about,'” Emmert said Thursday during a discussion about college sports at The Aspen Institute. “So I don’t know where the members will go on that. That’s a little different than 15 grand for the silver medal for swimming for the US of A. So I think it’s going to stimulate a very interesting conversation.”
Amen to that, Mark. Things are so much easier when you can keep kids in their place by coming down on them for spending their book money on pencils, binders, and electronics at a school bookstore.