Legarrette Blount and The True Vision Of The NCAA

Jesse RobichaudContributor IOctober 2, 2009

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 30:   Runningback LeGarrette Blount #9 of the University of Oregon Ducks celebrates his touchdown with teammate Jaison Williams #4 during his team's 42-31 win over the Oklahoma State University Cowboys in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium on December 30, 2008 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

After a season opening loss to Boise State Oregon running back Legarrette Blount sucker punched Boise State Defensive end Byron Hout after the game. Then he had to be restrained by police from going into the Boise State stands to confront heckling fans. The very next day Oregon head coach Chip Kelly suspended Blount for the rest of the season without a chance for reinstatement.

I guess Chip Kelly forgot to tell the media that there was one condition of reinstatement: winning. Oregon just dominated then number sixth ranked Cal, are undefeated in the Pac 10 and are front runners for a Rose Bowl bid. If a school gets to a BCS bowl game (the Rose Bowl is a BCS bowl) the NCAA pays out $17 million to the school. So now we know how much Oregon's integrity is worth.

This is America the land of second chances, unless your Pacman Jones in which case you get 8. So I can understand Oregon giving this young man a mulligan, but don't get up on your soapbox and say this is not what Oregon football is about then step down and reinstate him if you are looking at a huge payday.

One thing we need to do is officially get rid of the Student/Athlete moniker. Yes some players are student athletes anyone playing water polo or lacrosse or any women's sport which has no real chance for serious financial gain is a student/athlete. But if you are an All American in division one sports you are an athlete first and student a distant second. The NCAA knows this, the schools know this, we all know this, they just don't want to admit it.

If they admit that this is a sports first society then they would have to spread the wealth, but if they continue to hide behind the higher education curtain they get to distribute the money as they see fit.