At this point, Charlie Weis continuing to rake in obscene amounts of money from Notre Dame no longer amazes me. What continues to amaze, though, is the realization that he leveraged all that stupidity off a loss.
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The president rejects the notion that Notre Dame is morally obliged to share its football revenue with those playing the game. “I don’t think there’s a compulsion or some demand of justice that we do it,” he says.
“Morally obliged”? Well, he does have Rev. in his title. What is unclear is why there’s something apparently immoral about paying players, but not, say, the school’s athletic director or head coach. Or why opting into a system that requires certain compromises in the name of broadcast revenue is immune from such lofty philosophical considerations.
Jenkins is also either a little bit arrogant or delusional in his insistence that Notre Dame would do just fine walking away from all that revenue other parties, like Under Armour and NBC are morally obliged to pay his school.
Finally, there is the pending lawsuit filed against the N.C.A.A. and the Power 5 conferences by the well-known sports lawyer Jeffrey Kessler, who argues that the value of student-athletes has been illegally capped by athletic scholarships. If he prevails: an open market.
Or, as Father Jenkins puts it: “Armageddon.”
“That’s when we leave,” he says. “We will not tolerate that. Then it really does become a semipro team.”
He believes that the drama and popularity of college athletics are rooted in the fact that the student-athletes are amateurs. “If they make mistakes, you know, it’s not like they’re professionals,” he says.
But if a pay-to-play dynamic is applied to college sports, he suggests, something is lost. “If you go that semipro route, we’ll see,” he says. “But I’m just not sure that we’ll not end up just a second-tier, uninteresting pro league.”
Father Jenkins says that he could see two separate collegiate athletic associations — one following the semiprofessional model, the other dedicated to preserving what he calls “the essential educational character of college athletics.” In belonging to the latter, he says, Notre Dame would be just fine, financially and otherwise.
“If tomorrow you told me, you just can’t do what you want to do in athletics and you’re going to have to shut it down, and we would have club sports, something like that — I don’t think it would significantly impact the revenue,” Father Jenkins says. Some alumni and donors might revolt, he acknowledges. “But just in terms of a financial proposition, I don’t think it would impact the academy.”
Now there’s a level where he’s right about that. Football generates millions of dollars in profit for ND, but it’s a drop in the bucket in the context of the school’s entire budget, so, yeah, the money wouldn’t be missed. But that cuts both ways – if he’s so adamant about not sharing the fruits of the players’ labor with them, why even bother with COA stipends, which Notre Dame is already paying? And why even bother participating in the system now?
I’m sure Brian Kelly would be happy to keep collecting his multi-million dollar annual salary to coach club football. And everyone would still watch the Irish play what he insists would pass for football. Go ahead, Rev. Best of luck with that.
There’s always something to spoon onto your plate.
- Here’s something you don’t see every day – ESPN is suing Notre Dame.
- Ed Orgeron’s voice mail sounds like Ed Orgeron’s voice mail.
- Which colleges spend the most and least on men’s athletics recruiting?
- “The NCAA has surrendered.” Yeah, that’s the lesson you want Penn State supporters to learn from the Sandusky/Emmert debacle.
- It’s time to acknowledge that Old Spurrier is now a full-blown meme.
- Gentry Estes lists five Georgia players on the spot for spring practice.
- After football, UAB prepares to plead for its Conference USA life.
- Evidently we should be careful throwing stones at the Patriots for deflating footballs.
- The NCAA spent more on Congressional lobbying in 2014 than it did in the three previous years combined. Gee, I wonder why.
We’re getting closer. Hungry yet?
- CFN sez Georgia 34 Clemson 17.
- Southern Cal is not having a good week. The best thing you can say about it is that it provides a small distraction from this.
- Jesus, Maryland.
- Penn State may have its postseason ban lifted early.
- This may involve Georgia Tech, but it’s still a cool story.
- Notre Dame holds another player out as it investigates its (growing) academic scandal.
- The Alabama quarterback situation remains as clear as mud.
- Leonard Floyd admits he was just winging it about 90% of the time last season. Now that’s a scary thought.
Some tasty tidbits for your sampling pleasure:
- Here’s a look at some of the possible ramifications of O’Bannon, from a Duke perspective.
- “The Internet may be losing the war against trolls. At the very least, it isn’t winning.” No shit.
- Notre Dame’s academic scandal and the recruiting trail.
- For those of you who can’t get enough Todd Grantham, here’s the man live and hands on. (h/t CardDawg, who’s on the mother)
- Nick James, you bad, mane.
- Maybe we should refer to Georgia’s class of 2010 as Survivor: 2010.
- Hawaii’s AD says the school may not be able to afford to continue its football program.
- Oklahoma suspends an incoming freshman after he’s charged with misdemeanor assault, but is making the effort to have Dorial Green-Beckham declared eligible for this season. AD says, “As the university has demonstrated in the past, we are committed to winning the right way…”. Color me confused.
- The Nuttster and Gus, together again.
Buck Belue seems to think so.
Bet that game in South Bend will be a tough ticket to get a hold of.
UPDATE: It’s on.
Over/under on number of games VanGorder coaches?
Also, maybe I’m guessing wrong, but does it look like Georgia will face Notre Dame and South Carolina on back to back weeks in 2017?