No. This is such a popular question and easy to answer yes when you see the salary of a Nick Saban or what Michigan makes on a Bowl Game. But what about all the women sports that the school loses money on? What about the rowing team? What happens when a college football program goes on a bad run and not making money, do the contracts have to get renegotiated? Does the 3rd string get the same as the 1st string? My best example is the Fab 5. If they played for some D3 school and not for Michigan during that time, would they have signed those monster NBA contracts? If the starters from Kentucky played for Kentucky Southern Western East State, could they all jump to the NBA so soon?Fact is playing for a university allows you to lock in a career for the most part if you choose. Playing for a larger school allows you to be on TV and in front of 20,000 people and making your stock rise if you have the potential to go pro (which is a small % of the overall athletes in pro-able sports). These stories of athletes not doing the work or taking shit classes is always put at the foot of the athletic program. At what age does someone need to be accountable for their actions? Why do student athletes at a Stanford graduate or have better classes/grades in comparison to another school? Stanford is a major university and not exactly a slouch when it comes to sports. Sorry, you get a free education and a marketing machine behind you to show your skills. If you are that talented you can jump ship to the pro level at any time and there is nothing the university can do to lock you in (IE not paying you a salary that may contract you to stay the full four years).
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Heard that the SEC coaches voted unanimously to give the footbal players a $300 per day stipend for gameday expenses, this would be taken out of the coaches checking account.
sounds like a ncaa infraction there duffer!
@koocher, Heard about it on sports talk radio yesterday morning, had to go before a commitee or something? I dont know much on details and dont know if mainstream media has picked it up.
It would be a good way to bypass having the school pay all athletes.
I would like to see the players get some money, they spend a lot of time practicing and preparing, would make it hard to have a job. Most wont go pro anyway.
Bear in mind they are getting on the average - $20,000 in free room and board and tuition per year plus all travel expenses and they do get money for bowl trips, like a $400 stipend.
They also get to see the country, fly on chartered planes and stay in great hotels with great food...it is not like they are getting nothing!! A college education if they choose to study and realize the benefit of a free BA from a major university is pricelss. Only 5% of all NCAA Players make the NFL!!!
I say NO....perhaps a stipend of $500 per month since they are not allowed to have a job...but thats should be it...$125 a week for beer and pizza and oir a movie or two is plenty for a 19 year old...
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After reading all the stories about the poor college football players starving to death and some not having enough money for booze and women, I started donating to the Sally Struthers Save the Player Foundation. Together we can make difference!
By sending just 80 cents a day, the price of a cup coffee, you can make sure a player has plenty of money for hookers and blow during all 3 years of his Sophomore year.
I wonder how many players appreciate the value of the scholarships they receive.
Broke players might be more easily swayed to throw a game or "have a bad day". Which is ok with me, nothing like proffiting from a corrupt player thats "on the take".
Agreed. Something should be done. Some kind of per diem should be considered. But you bring up excellent points JD and TonyG. How do you curb a Reggie Bush-type infraction (which you really can't) but keep them within the rules of a program? A tax-free per diem (even if it's 35 bucks a day) would make it more transparent for any school under NCAA jurisdiction. If a school is making money off of a Fab Five-type team a portion of the proceeds should go toward the players' tuition (if they're on full scholarship? more per diem to 'em). If a university is making profits exceeding a certain number off of a players' jersey (etc) some kind of residual should be considered. Just my "five cents".
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Discipline, young purks. Discipline.
No. For the most part they are getting a free education and they know the drill when they sign their letters of intent. They are getting free room and board and they have access to some of the best training facilities in the country. Let's be honest, when this topic is discussed most people are talking about the top college football players, guys who will sell jerseys with their number on it...the majority of those guys will have a shot at the NFL. There is no way college football players will ever be paid the kind of money that will make a major difference in their lives. So what else do they need besides a bed, shelter from the elements, food, access to training, access to academic help, and access to hundreds of beautiful women?
No, after paying for college for four daughters at good schools I can appreciate the value of a good education at a quality school. Too many people don't appreciate the value and significance of a full ride scholarship.