I’m not trolling here; this is a serious question for those of you who think that college athletics are a glorified internship for players like Sony Michel, who don’t merit cashing in on their name because their value at that level is solely derived from the institution which jersey they wear.
Michel’s been out of school for less than half a year. He hasn’t played a down in the NFL yet. As such, isn’t it logical to argue that most, if not all, of his economic value is derived from his time spent at Georgia? And if so, shouldn’t some of that Old Spice endorsement money be sent back to Athens?
Point here being that almost nothing has changed between January 1 and today, other than the threat of ineligibility being lifted. His name has value all along that time line, so what benefit is there to him waiting to cash in?