The question of whether or not college athletes should be paid has been hovering over us for decades. Some people feel that the free education athletes receive is more than enough compensation… an argument that makes me insane. This morning on ESPN’s “The Herd”, Colin Cowherd went on a rant about how great college athletes have it. This is what he said:
“I don’t believe college athletes should be paid… I was watching a story this weekend that we had all these big shot coaches and commentators talking about the NCAA and their problems and it still comes down to this to me: 50% of these college athletes don’t even qualify academically for these colleges. They shouldn’t even be on these campuses. So they get these incredible educations for free and they bitch about it. It’s like you gotta be kidding me. You don’t even qualify for the school academically. I mean if somebody gave me a free education and I didn’t even qualify for it? Can’t you be happy with that? … It’s amazing to me how these athletes are whining about what they don’t get. Maybe if you and your friends respected education more… I mean some of these athletes it’s unbelievable like they don’t even look at the educational opportunity they’re getting. Are you kidding me?”
Cowherd’s statements are an example of how out of touch people are with the reality of big time college programs and the athletes they recruit. College football players are recruited based on their athletic abilities with little to no concern for their academic abilities. The athletes are encouraged by the Universities to focus on football and are given academic guidance in order to remain eligible for games. If you want examples of this read my previous articles UNFAIR TREATMENT PART ONE and UNFAIR TREATMENT PART TWO. There is NO standard set by NCAA to make sure that effort is put forth by the Universities to ensure that their athletes graduate with a degree of their choice. Athletes often times are not able to major in certain fields because the athletic department’s academic advisors tell them that those classes don’t fit with the football team’s practice schedule. The NCAA should be ashamed to claim that they are offering these athletes a first class, free education.
Cowherd says that 50% of college athletes don’t even qualify academically for the schools…so why are they there?… because they’re good athletes? Why would you offer someone a college education if they aren’t prepared to accept it? Does that seem like appropriate compensation? That would be like giving a homeless guy a really expensive couch and then saying, “Oh you should be so happy, look what I gave you, it’s worth so much money!” What the hell is he supposed to do with a really expensive couch? He doesn’t have a house.
I don’t believe that athletes should be paid. I believe that the Universities should uphold their promise and give athletes an actual education in a field of their interest.
Some possible ways to do this, NCAA:
Why should you accommodate your athletes in this way, NCAA?
If you, or someone you know experienced this side of college athletics, please contact me through the website. We need to bring this to NCAA’s attention.
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