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White understands why college athletes take money

Posted on: August 18, 2011 11:19 am
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Posted by Ryan Wilson

The University of Miami football program was on the receiving end of a swift kick to the groin Tuesday when Yahoo! Sports reported that a former booster admitted to providing "thousands of impermissible benefits" to at least 72 Hurricanes athletes over an eight-year period.

Some of those named in the story currently play in the NFL. Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (who attended the "U" but wasn't cited for wrongdoing in Yahoo! Sports' investigation) on Wednesday spoke publicly about the allegations, as did his Texans teammate and "U" alum, Eric Winston.

Commentary wasn't reserved to just former Hurricanes, though. Whether universities making handsome profits off its athletic programs should pay its athletes has long been debated. And Wednesday night, Falcons wide receiver Roddy White, who attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham, took to Twitter to go on record on the matter:

"How can u expect a kid to turn down a 30,000 dollar check when they momma starving u can't be serious I'm taking it every time cause family comes first."

And that's the crux of the argument from those who feel college athletes deserve more than a scholarship for their contributions to a university. But White was just getting warmed up. Here are his other tweets on the subject (all sic'd):
  • "They got to change the 3 year rule the nfl has cause its killing the kids." 
     
  • "Found out today ohio state made 2 million for selling terrell pryor jersey last year amazing and he gets kicked out of the university so he doesn't even get to finish his education for free thanks NCAA." 
     
  • "So the biggest crocks in football thinking about giving miami the death penalty ridiculous how about the NCAA fix the rules." 
We consulted the Google Tubes and couldn't find any mention of Ohio State making $2 million on Pryor jerseys, but we did come across this Forbes.com slideshow that said the Buckeyes football program made $36 million in profits in 2009. Certainly some of that came from jersey sales.

Exact dollar amounts aside, White makes a fair point. CBSSports.com's Gregg Doyel, who wrote that the NCAA shouldn't give Miami the death penalty, later tweeted his own proposal for paying college athletes: "How about this: Pay athletes ... but make them pay their own way. They can't have it both ways. Not to me."

Works for us, and we're guessing players would be in favor of it, too (assuming the cost of paying their own way isn't greater than or equal to the payments they would get from the school).

While this makes for a swell debating topic, the real issue is if the NCAA will ever change the rules. As it stands, we wouldn't bet Nevin Shapiro's $930 million Ponzi scheme winnings on it.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 6:44 am
 

White understands why college athletes take money



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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:22 pm
 

White understands why college athletes take money

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Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2011 6:34 pm
 

White understands why college athletes take money

They difference is the players are "accepting" free gifts that they know are illegal. That means they aren't free. Unfortunately, they don't get punished for breaking the rules but the schools and future players do.



Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2011 6:32 pm
 

White understands why college athletes take money

Maybe the NCAA should look at allowing players to accept payments but make them pay for all or part of their education.



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 3:45 pm
 

White understands why college athletes take money

ARe you that stupi? Your comparing someone stealing a wallet to someone taking a FREE GIFT. Make an argue that  doen't make you sound like an idiot.



Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2011 2:38 pm
 

White understands why college athletes take money

I like the idea of rewarding athletes for performance inside the classrooms.  A couple of prblems with this.

1.  The schedule and teachers that student athletes will take.  Some teachers will be modivated to curve the grade for the athletes. 

2.  This doesn't stop boosters from adding on to the what the schools give.  The only way to stop it is to give them enough to make the boosters not matter.  But what is that price. 

This is a spot were I still think that the punishment needs to be more serve.  Make it to the point were colleges can't afford to cheat.  If you got fine $5 for speeding IF you got caught would you speed.  Now if you got fine $1000 for speeding would you.  When you fine a school $500,000 school that made $17,000,000 off that cheat(BCS Bowl), it's not going to hold much wieght.  Fine them the whole $17,000,000 that they got for that game and remove all parties involved (coach, player, school official) from NCAA football. 

When you put that much on the line people listen.



Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2011 2:37 pm
 

White understands why college athletes take money

I like the idea of rewarding athletes for performance inside the classrooms.  A couple of prblems with this.

1.  The schedule and teachers that student athletes will take.  Some teachers will be modivated to curve the grade for the athletes. 

2.  This doesn't stop boosters from adding on to the what the schools give.  The only way to stop it is to give them enough to make the boosters not matter.  But what is that price. 

This is a spot were I still think that the punishment needs to be more serve.  Make it to the point were colleges can't afford to cheat.  If you got fine $5 for speeding IF you got caught would you speed.  Now if you got fine $1000 for speeding would you.  When you fine a school $500,000 school that made $17,000,000 off that cheat(BCS Bowl), it's not going to hold much wieght.  Fine them the whole $17,000,000 that they got for that game and remove all parties involved (coach, player, school official) from NCAA football. 

When you put that much on the line people listen.


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