College Athletics: Heading Down the Wrong Path

Scott TaylorCorrespondent IMay 14, 2008

College sports have been going down the wrong path for the past few years.

It has gotten even worse recently with the Kelvin Sampson scandal and now the O.J. Mayo fiasco.

Amateur athletics are on a slippery slope, but giving in to the athletes will just make it worse.

For one thing, athletes should not be paid. They are getting a scholarship to get their education for practically free in many cases.

If that isn't good enough for them, then too bad. Many other students work during college for the college, but they aren't getting paid 20 thousand a year to do the work.

I understand that the athletes make the school an abundance of money, but that money should be going to the school to improve things and make more scholarships.

Just because they go about using the money the wrong way doesn't mean that athletes should be rewarded for it.

With all of the pro leagues out there, far too many athletes are using college siply as a stepping stone. These players will make their money in time and can suck it up for a few years, or go play in Europe.

That goes along with the age limit. I love it because it makes college basketball better. Just because some use it the wrong way shouldn't mean it should stop.

After all, Kevin Durant would have never won the Rookie of the Year if it wasn't for the year in college.

What Mayo has done is a disgrace to himself and the school.

He didn't care if he got caught and took the school down, as long as it was after the season. A school will have to decide if taking that kind of chance is worth it, and that makes it fun.

You can't start paying them money because they will just want more. Next thing you know it will be cars (which some already get) HD TVs and why not houses (Reggie Bush)?

This is a greedy society and people always want more. It is a slippery slope that will get worse and worse the more the NCAA gives in.

That is why you need to be air tight on all signings and what occurs on a given day. I know it is a lot of work, but with all the money that is being made by the schools and the NCAA, they should have enough money to hire all the help needed.

A clean recruitment is the exception and not the rule, and that needs to change.

I love college sports ,because most athletes play for the name on the front of their jersey and not the back—but that is starting to change.

The purity of college sports is nearly gone, and it is starting to trickle down to the high school level.

Sports are supposed to be fun and amateur sports are supposed to be about learning the game and having fun.

At some point in time fans will have enough and if this stuff continues, it might be sooner than you think.