I recognize that Dan Wolken is one of the more polarizing practitioners of the journalistic arts these days and that he rubs a lot of people the wrong way, but, still, if this is the best rebuttal a Clemson fan can come up with in response to Wolken’s criticism of Dabo Swinney’s stance on player compensation (criticism he’s far from alone in making, for what it’s worth)…
They are paid with dining opportunities not afforded to the normal student. They are paid with an education that leaves nearly every other student on campus with an amount of debt that many will never be able to repay. They also are afforded opportunities to travel, the P.A.W. Journey, clothing, shoes, bowl gifts, rings and a platform on which they can showcase their talents for the scouts and GM’s — along with many other things that a normal student would love to have.
Sii the richest contract in college football history, let’s not forget that he began 10 years ago with one of the smallest — a mere $900,000 to take over a storied program.
So instead of punishing Swinney for rising above the ashes of his childhood, can we not celebrate a free-market system that should show every player, man, woman and child what you can do with a little hard-work and faith.
… a simple “you suck, Wolken!” might work better as a retort. I mean, the idea that “dining opportunities not afforded to the normal student” and poor ol’ Dabo’s “mere $900,000” can be discussed in the same breath because college football compensates everyone is almost as funny as pretending that Dabo and his players are working in the same free market system.
Basically, the author makes Wolken’s case for him. Well played.