ESPN survey of the top 300 high school football recruits in the nation reveals that 60% of them favor a players union and over 86% believe players should receive a stipend.
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“If they’re selling our jerseys and playing with us on video games and things of that nature, we should receive something for it.”
You’re the commissioner of a power conference. You and your peers have bleated steadily over the past few months about how player treatment has to be the number one concern of schools and the NCAA. You’ve sacredly intoned that one of the keystones of collegiate sports is that athletics don’t trump academics. Student-athletes, you acknowledge, deserve time of their own.
And yet this is all you’ve got to say about a specific issue.
Maybe they can lobby Mark Emmert to pass another rule.
A light nosh before SEC Media Days kicks off.
- Here’s a look at the “science” behind those recruiting rankings.
- In lieu of stupid fireworks clips for the Fourth, here’s a pretty neat look at fireworks filmed from a drone’s perspective.
- From the perspective of a Rutgers blogger, this is about as cynical a “thanks, Big Ten” as you’ll read.
- The pro sports players unions sure like Kessler’s antitrust lawsuit.
- How did TAMU’s 2013 passing attack spread the ball around compared to the rest of the SEC?
- Pay no attention to this week’s SEC preseason media poll.
- 247Sports ranks the top five quarterbacks in the SEC East since 1992. Georgia is well represented.
- Georgia trolls, you’ve got a new home.
The NCAA decides it would be a good idea to repeat everything it argued during the O’Bannon trial in an amicus brief supporting Northwestern’s appeal of the ruling by a regional director of the NLRB. It’s joined by six Republican members of Congress – gosh, who would have ever expected that development?
The truly amusing part’s gonna come down the road when the schools, having gotten their asses kicked in antitrust litigation, realize they need a players’ union to negotiate with and find Republicans fighting them on it. Because, you know, unions and freedom.
Have some football.
- Herschel Walker thinks the college football playoff format should be bigger than four teams to accommodate the SEC.
- I heard a lot of talk from some of the NCAA’s witnesses at O’Bannon that paying players could harm the integration between them and the rest of the student body. I wonder how they feel about this.
- The arrests of seven athletes over a three-month span at Missouri led the athletic director to the conclusion that he doesn’t believe the spate of arrests was indicative of a cultural problem. Isn’t that what they always think?
- More academic speculation on what the Northwestern unionization effort might lead to. Nobody knows, really.
- Statistical comfort for Auburn: Allowing big passing numbers is no indicator of a team’s success. Except when it is: “Four of the top five teams in the country in passing yardage — Florida State, Florida Atlantic, Michigan State and Louisville — held the top four spots in opponents’ passer rating, and they were the only four teams to hold teams under a 100 rating.”
- If you’re interested in some inside ball, Shakin the Southland, which has been an excellent Clemson blog, has lost two of its major contributors. Their story is here.
- Auburn wants to do something about limiting opponents’ explosive plays, although if the problem really goes back to Tuberville’s time, I’m not sure why that really matters now.
Hey, you get hungry on the weekends, too.
- ESPN will broadcast the top games of 2013 throughout July. It looks like the SEC – and Georgia – will be well represented.
- This probably doesn’t help Jonathan Mincy’s chances with winning the 2014 Lott IMPACT Trophy.
- Indiana University announces that it will establish a “10-point student-athlete bill of rights.”
- Todd McShay, bringing the Dawg porn.
- Here’s a good breakdown of a player Georgia will see in the opener, Vic Beasley.
- “But now Auburn faces a dilemma”? Pundit, please. It’s a dilemma entirely of the school’s own making.
- Florida announces the formation of a Fan Advisory Council. Be still, my heart.
- Paul Myerberg really thinks Tennessee, his #68 team, is going places. Just not this year.
- David Hale notes that three ACC teams lost their leading passer, rusher, receiver and tackler this offseason, which is quite rare (only happened twice in the past six seasons). The good news is that Georgia plays two of those teams.
The conference which commissioner not too long ago threatened to take Division III if he didn’t get his way on player compensation has found Jesus.
This is why we propose working within the NCAA to provide greater academic security and success for our student-athletes:
- We must guarantee the four-year scholarships that we offer. If a student-athlete is no longer able to compete, for whatever reason, there should be zero impact on our commitment as universities to deliver an undergraduate education. We want our students to graduate.
- If a student-athlete leaves for a pro career before graduating, the guarantee of a scholarship remains firm. Whether a professional career materializes, and regardless of its length, we will honor a student’s scholarship when his or her playing days are over. Again, we want students to graduate.
- We must review our rules and provide improved, consistent medical insurance for student-athletes. We have an obligation to protect their health and well-being in return for the physical demands placed upon them.
- We must do whatever it takes to ensure that student-athlete scholarships cover the full cost of a college education, as defined by the federal government. That definition is intended to cover what it actually costs to attend college.
Now some might call this response to the presidents’ declaration needed perspective.
Others might call it a deserved victory lap for a group that finally got those in charge to pay some attention.
But in any event, it’s a different tune than we’re used to hearing the suits sing. And all it took was looking like crap for a few days in a California courtroom.
Which makes this gold, Jerry:
The best solutions rest not with the courts, but with us – presidents of the very universities that promote and respect the values of intercollegiate competition. Writing on behalf of all presidents of the Big Ten Conference, we must address the conflicts that have led us to a moment where the conversation about college sports is about compensation rather than academics.
Gee, whose fault is that?