A tweet sent on Friday by Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Cardale Jones may have gotten the young man in some hot water, but it is the exposure of the NCAA's fraudulent "student athlete" concept that is the true story.
"Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain't come to play SCHOOL classes are POINTLESS," Jones tweeted (via the New York Daily News' Andy Clayton).
Jones, a freshman, is currently third on the Buckeyes depth chart behind sensational sophomore Braxton Miller and Kenny Guiton, but he came into the school highly touted. At 6'5" and 226 pounds, the Cleveland native has a big-time arm and was ranked the 12th best quarterback in his class, according to Rivals.
Both Jones' tweet and his Twitter account have been deleted in wake of the fallout. However, while Jones' words were ill-timed and irresponsible, they show how most high-profile student athletes truly feel.
The NCAA would love to tell you otherwise, but most college football fans are well aware of the facade surrounding that concept. These are young men who dedicate themselves to football first and foremost. They attend class, but showing up is nothing more than an inconvenience that they put up with so they can suit up on Saturdays.
Granted, not all college football players are bad students nor do all of them think class is "pointless." In fact, a college education provides all of these players with skills that they can work with in the real world in the highly likely occurrence that they do not end up playing professionally.
That does not make Jones' words any less true.
High-profile recruits enroll in big-name schools like Ohio State with promises and dreams of someday cashing a multi-million dollar NFL paycheck.
Meanwhile those top schools rake in millions upon millions of dollars on the backs of these hopeful youngsters. According to Business Insider's Cork Gaines, Ohio State's football program made nearly $61 million in revenue last year alone.
Those millions help the school in countless ways, most notably to help the non-profitable sports running throughout campus.
The entire situation is an understandable business model, but to guise it all under the scope of amateurism is ultimately nothing but a sham. The concept of the 'student-athlete' is red herring thrown at the masses to keep the "pay the players" movement stymied while keeping the money-making engine running.
For the most part, these are not college football players, but low-level professionals disguised as amateurs.
Jones did come to Ohio State to play football first and foremost, and that's likely a sentiment felt throughout the nation by athletes in all collegiate athletics.
These are athletes first, and being a student comes at a very distant second. For anyone to try to suggest anything different is not only disingenuous, but a liar.
All Jones' tweet did was simply put this out there in the open for all to see.