“And it’s just ridiculous and absurd.”

NCAA, when you’ve lost Dickie V

It’s time for the NCAA to pay student-athletes.

Take a look at Zion. Why shouldn’t he play and get paid? It’s a cesspool—guys hustling kids, hustling dollars. Let me tell you this: We can solve that in a heartbeat. A kid like Zion, let him be allowed to get those dollars. He can make appearances, he can endorse a product. We got a tournament going on, and everyone’s making millions. Let those kids be able to benefit! It eliminates all that dirty stuff that goes on behind the scenes, and it’s there. Let’s face it. You’ve got coaches getting fired for taking bribes, or to make believe and lie on an application that the kid’s an athlete. It’s a cesspool!

All that’s left is for Tony Barnhart to come out in favor of paying players, I guess.

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25 responses to ““And it’s just ridiculous and absurd.”

  1. spur21

    Finally someone of note speaks – Dickie V knows of what he speaks – time to listen.

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  2. Mayor

    The solution is simple: let student athletes endorse products and sign autographs for compensation. It’s their likeness—it belongs to them.

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    • Classic City Canine

      +100
      The Olympic model is absolutely the way to go. Maybe the schools are worried that sponsors would divert money from the schools to the players? Otherwise I can’t see why they would oppose that model because it avoids so many of the hurdles used to object to player compensation.

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  3. CEPH

    Is everyone so naieve as to think the “so called dirty stuff” will cease? The only way it will ever cease is if they have a contract for big bucks just like the pros and that sure as hell won’t work. It is a quagmire and I don’t know if there is truly an answer.

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  4. Capt. Tony of the S S Obvious approves of this message!

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  5. Tony Barnfart

    Let me tell you something: March Madness makes a lot of money. A LOT OF MONEY ! ! Would it really be so bad if some of the student-athletes shared in this windfall ?
    #heardherefirst

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  6. Atticus

    Same worn out discussion. Zion will make a fortune because he’s playing for Duke and will be on free TV in the tourney branding his name for 2 weeks. You do not change the system for the exceptions. Get rid of the one and done rule and let them go pro immediately out of high school if they want to earn money. Letting them earn money for their likeness and endorsements in school will NOT end the corruption. Only the Gospel can do that.

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  7. Jimbo

    If you pay players, you change everything. Instead of just kids in college playing ball, now it’s a business. The AD will find ways to save money, that’s his job. To do that however, kids will have to be involved.
    Maybe the structure is to get payed if you play, which means mop up time in a blow out game no longer means everybody gets to play. Playing time for lots of players, a marginal talent, someone not going to the pros all but goes away. Star players have to play more, increasing chances of injuries. Scholarships would surely be harder to reach for marginal players.

    I see lots of negatives resulting from this. What should happen is the draft rules should change to allow kids to test the draft water. If they are drafted, go make money as they should. If not drafted, go back to school and get a degree. Dickie V has the right idea, the best players should be paid, but by the professionals, not the colleges.

    Don’t get me wrong, I would love to see the best players stay in school, but sports careers are very short for most, they need to to be allowed to go pro if they are good enough and earn while they can.

    Best to leave paying players to the pros and keep the college experience as is. There would ultimately be negative results for lots of kids playing ball today. Some kids will gain, but some kids will definitely loose.

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    • Classic City Canine

      Thank goodness those kids have you looking out for them. Imagine how dangerous it would be to allow Todd Gurley to sign some autographs for pocket change. The AD’s and presidents appreciate your pearl clutching on behalf of their millions.

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    • Instead of just kids in college playing ball, now it’s a business.

      NOW it’s a business? Where have you been the past 20 years?

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  8. “Most elite universities recruit student athletes and use different criteria to admit them, often with lower grades and standardized test scores than other students.”
    In my opinion this practice should be stopped. Who knows it might help student athletes in high school put forth more effort on their academics.

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    • Agree, definitely among the “first sins” that drove the games off the path. I wouldn’t miss the BB, or football players, who went directly to the pros/development leagues if they remove the athletes who don’t qualify for entrance, or those who don’t value the degree they are on campus to get. Both the campus and sports would be better off for it, imo.

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      • Debby Balcer

        The would have included Malcolm Mitchell. College changed his life. Getting into UGA is getting harder and harder. A lot of my peers who attended UGA would not make the cut now. The pressures on a regular academic kids are much higher than they were when we grew up. Nobody expected us to be near perfect to go to college. A diverse academic body widens the world for everyone. We need to examine the entire admission process. There are students with paid internships that are rewarded for their prowess in their fields that are not athletic. It is only athletes that we ask to give up control of their lives out of their studies while we profit off of their efforts.

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        • I am as big a Malcolm Mitchell fans as anyone, but he got a chance that many others were denied because he had athletic ability. Have to keep the “2nd chance” opportunities to a level playing field, imo. You and I will have to disagree about the role education plays in this society, the direction it is going, and the increased pressure applied for more people to attend college. Education and life lessons come from many sources that are not in the control of “educators”.

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      • CB

        Remove some if not most of the best players and the sports get better. Makes sense if you don’t think about it.

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    • Mayor

      I’ve been saying this for years. Make the entire NCAA like D-III.

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  9. Human nature and human greed are a bitch, no? When you can eliminate those things … then you have no humans.

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  10. Let’s say Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, etc are giving out contracts to football players in college. Unlike the NFL, not all college teams get equal air time of their games. The top 25 dominates the air waves, a few more than others (ND, Bama, UT, OSU, Michigan). That makes their schools more attractive to the sponsors, which in turn makes those schools more attractive than the ones who are not. And If Nike offers a bigger contract to school A than Adidas does to school B, that would begin warping how kids choose schools.

    The two problems with my own logic here are 1. I know most of the bigger top 25 schools already get heavy consideration from high school kids because of their likelihood of being seen on a national stage more often 2. I know that under the table payments have made the same impact (highest bidder, cootie ships, jobs for momma) already in college sports.

    I guess to me it just seems that this model firmly entrenches those trends with certain universities as it makes it now virtually impossible for other schools to flip their situation.

    PS I’m clearly no economist, this all just popped through my head.

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    • My worry is the future of conference affiliations. Not necessarily in the context of paying athletes per se, but I think that would hasten a fine-toothed distillation of all economic data points (from TV viewing numbers, to sponsorship dollar allocation, etc.) that will highlight (a) who is/not pulling their weight currently and (b) how much more lucrative an affiliation with team X would be vs. your current 100yr old rival [that the data shows is not pulling its weight].

      Where is Mississippi State without the friends it made in 1933 ?

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