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Just remember, it's going to take a player of Clowney's caliber standing up to the NCAA to change the corrupt system. Why should he be playing for free? He's literally worth millions of dollars, and he doesn't make a dime. The NCAA, USC, and the fans have nothing to lose by Clowney playing and risking injury. He does. He should be compensated for his share of they money he's going to be earning people that view him as nothing more than a pawn. It's unbelievable, and it's well past time for this issue to be fixed in a major way. The NCAA is on borrowed time.
Before anyone mentions the scholarship he receives, that's forced on him and he's forced to go to class if he wants to be able to see the field. He has no choice in the matter, whether he values it or not. Not to mention, the value of that is far less than what he should be earning.
Clowney is playing, period. People are wasting their time discussing it. Nothing more than people wanting to hear themselves talk.
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No. If you pay football players, you would have to pay every sport..mens and womens. If that happened, smaller schools would suffer from lack of funds. It will never happen. And no I do not believe players should be allowed to go early. Clowney is a rare specimen, and most aren't physically/mentally prepared for the NFL. Plus it would ruin college football. One and dones in college basketball has already ruined that sport.
This post was edited by COOTERUSC77 14 months ago
I'm an advocate for players getting money beyond their scholly, I wrote a ten page paper about it back in the day.
I do not see Clowney as a pawn though. He is one of the best I've ever seen, and I like to watch him play. I still day his best play last year was vs Tennessee. That was a big boy move.
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Well I'm not talking about paying them a few thousand bucks within the current system. I'm not saying you'd pay the non-revenue sport athletes anything. They're the ones getting the great deal with the full scholarship, meals, and housing. But to your point, college football is going to get ruined sooner rather than later if they don't start paying these guys what they're worth. That means hundreds of thousands of dollars for the top guys (and maybe seven figures in Clowney's case). It's only right -- they're the ones adding the bulk of the value to the college football product. As a fan, you should want what's best for your guys, even if it's not always the simplest outcome.
Nkemdiche wouldn't sit because he will be lucky to be a 3rd round pick. That is where pretty good DT's normally go.
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I follow him on Instagram which is a smart phone app. He posted a picture yesterday of them discussing him and Clowney wrote and I quote "Got me thinking"
He's not going to sit out.He will make history by,winning the Heisman.I think he is highly motivated and will have a monster year.
College students should get paid also. I mean, they are the data the schools use to get more grant money every year than any football program brings in.
Nobody said the game will get ruined if they don't pay the players. Paying the players will ruin it faster than anything. College football is used as the same training tool that college is used for students. Some use it as a resume to play professionally. The schools make money from football that they then put back in to the other sports. It's not like somebody is padding their pockets, and don't say the coaches, either. Those are employees.
The fact of the matter is ALL college students are used for the college to generate funds, and they generate them. I'm sick of the football players being made out to be some kind of martyrs. They are blessed with talent that millions of kids wish they had. They are given an opportunity to get an education normal people go in massive debt for. They are worshipped by millions of fans. I think that is enough. If they put in the work and excel, then they will get to go to the NFL. If they keep their noses clean and have a good attitude, they can get into coaching.
Then followed that up with a "just kidding" after everybody started to freak out.
Steve, I don't even know where to begin with this. At least you did give a reply instead of just downvoting or calling it stupid.
To the biggest point, the regular students that really move the needle for USC DO get big scholarships, just like the football players. The schools compete over the absolute cream of the crop students and offer all sorts of enhancements to have them choose their university. It's just of far less public interest than football recruiting.
Now, it shouldn't be the football players' job to pay for other sports. Clowney never said he'd rather his money fund a damn swimming team rather than be deposited in his bank account. If you want to bury your head in the sand and be stubborn instead of acknowledging that this is a real problem and injustice, someone is going to get ahead of the NCAA sooner than later.
What happens when a competing entity starts offering players anywhere from $50-$500k/year to come play football for them between high school and the pros? I think there's definitely a market for that. What if you took the 20 largest non-NFL markets and put teams there? The NCAA and member universities would be screwed due to their greed. All they sudden, they'd be viewed as nothing more than mid-major, far less important football teams.
You failed to even mention the television networks, apparel companies, and other ancillary companies that rake in money due to these college football players. The coaches are employees, just as the players should be. Do you think Steve Spurrier makes $3.5 million coaching a caliber of kids who would just be playing for the love of the game while attending college to earn a degree for the working world?
Yeah, I'm not saying the players are forced to do this -- it's their choice. I'm just saying there's not fair treatment and it's going to derail the NCAA sooner than later, in my opinion. Everyone can see the role the players have in generating the huge money. The fact that other people would pay thousands of dollars for their education is completely irrelevant. These guys offer something that generates huge money, and they don't see any of it.
Lets not forget this is a cycle. The NFL wants players to develope. IMHO, very few (if any) highs school players are ready for the NFL. They need a place to develope, and college is their only option. It is the NFL policy not the NCAA who says a players must be out of high school for 3 years to be eligable to play in the NFL.
The NCAA sets the rules for college participation. GPA, credits, ect ect that a player must do or maintain to be eligable to play. It is set up for all students not just athletes. They (NCAA) are "trading" a college education for the athlete to represent a university on the athletic field. The Universities and the NCAA make a bundle off of college football and many Universities budgets are dependant on that money.
College football is huge because athletes represent the fans school. If there was a minor league football association, I do not think it would do very well because college sports fans are fanatical to the extreme. We follow athletes on twitter, espnu spends the first Wednesday in February dedicated to showing where these athletes will go to school,,, and all of us shell out $10.00 a month to get more information on our team (.there are usually several sites deduicated to each university).
College football is a cash cow that players can be a part of in order to further their professional aspirations. The NCAA promotes it and uses it to offer more things including academics at their respective universities.
If players want to fight the 3 year rule, their fight is with the NFL not the NCAA
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by uscwillie7 14 months ago
He gets free publicity, free training in chosen profession, free personal trainer, free dietitian, all of these things directly impact his draft position. He's exploiting as much as he' exploited
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I don't know what it's going to take to get it through your head that the three-year rule is an NFL, not NCAA, rule.
If you are going to rant, at least direct it at the right organization.
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