We know what you are, amateurs. We’re just haggling over the fee.

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.

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12 responses to “We know what you are, amateurs. We’re just haggling over the fee.

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    Aw, too bad. Once you get on a slippery slope it’s hard to control.

    Emmert thinks his college president rhetoric can massage anything. Bullshit with 50 cent words is still bullshit.

  2. Russ

    That Charleston Southern story really posses me off. I’m ready for Kessler to blow the whole thing up.

  3. Irwin R. Fletcher

    If the purpose of allowing olympians to keep awards for winning medals was to cover training costs, why wouldn’t it just be a training cost stipend that everyone would get rather than just a bonus for medal winners?

    Anyway…nice job by Solomon.

    It’s OK to pay Olympians, but not too much. It’s OK to pay Olympians, but not basketball and football players.
    Round and round the definition of “amateur” goes.

    • Irwin R. Fletcher

      BTW…the whole team should just decide not to play at FSU. That would cost everyone enough money to where the NCAA might decide the punishment was too harsh.

  4. Bright Idea

    I guess CSU figures this is a game they will lose even with a full team. If they play these guys and the NCAA levies a punishment, so what? Unless the punishment is a fine of course.

  5. Thatguy

    Echoing what people above have said, this CSU situation is complete horseshit on the NCAA’s part. I’m not sure how much more egg their faces can take, but, it looks like they’re going to go for complete saturation.

  6. It really is ridiculous for the CSU athletes to be punished and suspended from games by the NCAA for buying school supplies with their book money. Yet the NCAA is hypocritical for allowing the University of Texas swimmer to earn all that money.