donovan wrote:Cane from the Bend wrote:---
In Donovan's method, where you pay the players some stipend, nothing gets resolved. Because these schools will still have the boosters giving cash to players on the side, on top of what their monthly gratuity gives them.
My method has nothing to do with the issue at hand. It is real that when students do not have incidental money they can not stay in school. A stipend helps poor kids with talent to accept scholarships. That's all.
Though in football the South like to believe they are the only programs in existence but I can assure you NCAA violations are alive and well.
That is correct. The only way to actually fix the system is to move big time minor league football under the control of the NFL and pay the players and for the colleges to fund actual amateur athletics that use athletes that are there to get an education. I'm not sure any of us actually want that because we like the level of play. The thing that leaves the bad taste in all of our mouths is the hypocrisy of the NCAA, the athletic departments, and the administrations of the schools who preach doing things the right way and the importance of getting an education while profiting on the backs of the athletes and all of the other students.
My oldest daughter is in her third year of a five year masters program at a school in Ohio right now and the lengths they go to extract every bit of cash they can from her is ridiculous. They don't have books any more, they charge kids thousands of dollars for cheap copies from a printer. She tried to get an RA job to have her room and board paid in exchange for doing the job, but the school picks kids already getting government assistance for those jobs because they are already getting that money so two birds one stone. They did string her along for two years in a volunteer situation before telling her that her two years of service as a volunteer working up to 30-50 hours a week didn't have any bearing on her getting hired for a job over a first year student that was already going to school for free. I tell you this to emphasize that the schools are not in it to help students in the least. They are only protecting the machine that keeps putting money in their pockets.
It is a very different atmosphere than when I was in school in the late 70's and early 80's. We had real books. The business of education back then was still about school and learning. Now it is about finding ways to extract more money from the kids. They used to just hit up alumni for that sort of thing.