NCAA 2011: The Year We Do Not Change Things for Violations
All we have heard about this offseason is the amount of violations occurring on college campuses. And the media's pleas for payment of NCAA athletes.
Why are we talking about paying the most privileged students on a college campus any more than they are already receiving? Lets take a look at how absurd paying athletes is.
They Already Receive Preferential Treatment
Players are receiving an absurd amount of free things from the universities they attend. Watching Villanova Basketball players walk around campus in their absurd amount of team gear that they don’t pay for, I do not understand the claims the media is making.
Players do not pay for clothes, cell phones, books or classes. That’s a massive gift that the average student with a 4.0 GPA is not receiving.
Ray Small, from my beloved Ohio State, said he sold team rings for money to pay his rent. My question: Why are players living off campus?
Universities need to step up and demand players live on campus. They receive free housing and often it is superior housing than the common student receives.
NCAA Division 1 athletes eat for free on campus and often get special food as something that is acceptable.
Friends of mine who played at Sienna College (softball and basketball players) were informed that if there was something that they desired to eat to simply ask if it was not already available.
Yet again, this is another thing athletes are not paying for.
Why Do They Need Cars?
With housing, free class, free books, free cell phones and free food, why do players need cars? Everything they need is being provided free to them.
If you have to get somewhere do what everyone else in college does, bum a ride from a friend or a frat brother.
Athletes at Division 1 sports schools are already often full of themselves and expect people to bend over backwards for them.
Division 1 athletes in the major sports (basketball, hockey and football) seem to be getting busted with issues about cars or tattoos etc. Paying the players in some way is only going to encourage players to seem to demand special treatment.
The majority of students are short on money—welcome to college—it is not an excuse.
Let Scholarship Athletes Do Work Study
To piggy-back on an idea that Mike Golic from ESPN's Mike & Mike: Let Scholarship Athletes do work study, don't just pay them!
If players are to be scholarship members, then let them work on campus and a little bit of money will now be available.
Players are not allowed to get jobs on campus, and my question is why?
Put a player in some sort of spot where they get to interact with other students and I guarantee that wherever they are working will receive more foot traffic and use than it would otherwise, thus making that student athlete more helpful than the average worker and they get to make a little bit of money.