College football paternalism is the best paternalism.

“No question it’s helping,” Clemson co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliott said. “A lot of people see these guys on Saturday and think they’re gladiators, but they’re still young people. We’re talking about 18 to 22 year olds and they got a lot of things going on, so to have a little bit of extra cash to send some money home to your little brother or little sister, help your mama out. It just eases some of the pressure they’ve got on them and allows them to focus on being 18, enjoying college life and not have to be caught up in adult problems.”

“Adult problems”?  Are those like when coaches get paid millions of dollars after failing miserably at their jobs?

Boy, kids these days don’t know how good they’ve got it.  Those lucky ducks.

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33 responses to “College football paternalism is the best paternalism.

  1. D Miller

    I think the answer begins with your post below. Incentive performance. They get a minimum now. Set base lines and give them incentives to reach for. Dawg yards, junkyard tackles, whatever. The added bonus for the program is this identifies the players who “want it”. And for pete’s sake, let ‘em have what their image, likeness and name earns.

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    • Cynical Dawg

      The players ARE getting paid. There are bag men at Clempson just like the ones in Athens, Tuscaloosa, and everywhere else in FBS.

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      • Thorn Dawg

        Lot’s of Uncle Clems roaming about.
        Who was the Dlineman in the 80s that said, “I didn’t know where Clemson was until I set foot on campus?”

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  2. Gaskilldawg

    Elliott’s boss, Dabo Sweeney, actually disagreed and said, during the actual cost of attendance debate, that if it passed he would quit and go coach high school football. I guess no high school hired him so he had to stay at Clemson.

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  3. “A lot of people … think they are gladiators”

    I didn’t know gladiators had miniature golf courses and playgrounds at their training facilities.

    Commodus gives a 👎 to this guy.

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  4. Will Trane

    Does this mean that a 6 play goal line stand gets a player a bonus.
    How many Dawgs fans go into the stands Saturday with a “G” helmet on?
    Is the Montana Project alive and well in UK?

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  5. Macallanlover

    Tough life on the plantation. How do people stand it? Muricans are so pitiful, makes you wonder why so many aspire to do the unbearable. Hint: there is no utopia idealists; complaining and bitching is ingrained in human DNA.

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    • … complaining and bitching is ingrained in human DNA.

      You referring to the players there, or Jim Boeheim?

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      • Macallanlover

        Started with the playas, but then realized it fits nearly all Muricans so I expanded the thought.

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        • I give you credit for consistency, then.

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          • Macallanlover

            Thankee. I have certain core values of life that don’t change, and won’t until I find them to not be true, or find a better philosophy They aren’t for sale, and don’t sway with the “in crowd”, and won’t be intimidated by the media, or flavor-of-the-day pop gurus. Consistency is a great asset until it becomes bull headed thinking that isn’t updated by new experiences and learning. I work to avoid that and have evolved, thanks mostly to a very full life of travel and new people/experiences.

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  6. Will Trane

    Will a university provide a vehicle with mileage reimbursement, too?
    Bama and Auburn players would love for the universities to provide insurance. More so, on a day like today when the SPC is running MD 1612 and TW 420.
    Most would be happy with a jewelry and tattoo allowance.

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  7. My only issue with any of this is the idea that 18-22 year olds are still kids and should not have to deal with adult problems. That BS is so thick you need waders.

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    • JCDawg83

      Wouldn’t it be great if they could get jobs as professional football players in an actual professional football league once they became legal adults at age 18?

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      • Sounds good to me but I am not gonna dust off my violin over it. There are a lot of things that are unfair in this world. Guys making a low wage while voluntarily playing a game is pretty far down on my list.

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        • ….and as long as the Feds stay in the student loan business, the cost of tuition is going to continue to skyrocket, so the “low wage” is becoming not so low anymore. I actually think they need more based on the time they put in and the strain on their bodies, but the annual value of a full ride is better than what most kids get in the job market AFTER they actually have that college degree in hand.

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          • DawgPhan

            The actual cost to the university for a football player scholarship is pretty nominal. The university might say that a scholarship has a value of $50k per year, but the university is like spending a fraction of that on the actual scholarship.

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            • Tony Barnfart

              … and i wish i could get a new car for the price of the manufacturer’s overhead in that specific car, but i can’t. And when I win one in a contest, the IRS isn’t going to value it at the cost to GM in producing it.

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            • JCDawg83

              You should make that argument to the school your kid goes to. I’m sure they will let you know when they are having a “wholesale to the public sale” and you can pay the actual cost to the university for your kid to get a degree.

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  8. Bulldog Joe

    The ‘kids’ efforts promote beer $ale$ at Clemson, but we won’t allow them to drink it.

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  9. 92 grad

    Yeah, “paternalism” is the right snark word. How many students on campus are burdened with adult responsibilities? All of them. How many students work 20 hours a week to earn whatever scholarship they were awarded? All of them.

    Lord knows, these football players work hard and deserve whatever they can get, I’m all for it. But they also get their own Disney park. There’s a balance but there’s a lot of BS around as they try to achieve the balance.

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    • I think you all miss the point. This is a coach that works with these young men each day, sharing their ups and downs as players. He is trying to say to you..the fans who get to enjoy their efforts…that here are young men with feelings..still tied to home and family..that have aspirations to help those left at home but not the wherewithal to fulfill them. Instead, snarkism prevails just to make a comment. Think, folks!

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  10. Whiskeydawg

    Tony, do you like movies about Gladiators?

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  11. stoopnagle

    Yikes. These comments.

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      Agree. They’d all be screaming from the mountaintop if the tables were turned and they were the one’s getting shafted. As long as it’s somebody else, f#@k em.

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      • JCDawg83

        If only the players could walk away from the exploitation. Being forced to be a college athlete is a brutal sentence. Alas, the life of a gladiator is one of toil and misery.

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        • It will never cease to amaze how people who would never put up with it in their own lives find it so easy to dismiss when it comes to student-athletes.

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          • JCDawg83

            Exactly, if it were as horrible as some make it out to be, players would be quitting in droves. I’d say the life of a student athlete must be pretty good since the path seems to remain very popular.

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    • I’ll admit my comment is directed at the assistant coach’s “Let them eat cake” attitude of the stipend and his comparison of P5 college athletes who have the best of everything to men who were forced to face death in a Roman arena.

      Sort of like the comparison of college athletics to life on a plantation. I find that comparison to be ridiculous as well for different reasons.

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  12. AusDawg85

    Hmmm…18 – 22 year olds who are gladiators, get room & board and education provided, travel expenses, and…oh yeah…get paid, would be called…

    Our U.S. Military personnel.

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  13. South FL Dawg

    Sometimes you really make me LOL. Good one today, Bluto.

    But you do know, the majority of people aren’t going to suddenly start seeing it, right? So don’t get discouraged but don’t expect too much. It’s a process (no pun intended).

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