Pimpin’ The Student Body

January 3, 2010 at 10:47 pm (Sports) (, , )


Amidst recent allegations of unauthorized workouts (Michigan), illegal contracts (USC), points shaving (Toledo), and academic deception (any school) in collegiate

Heaps of money for this QB?

football, the 300 pound gorilla question rears its ugly head again.

Should collegiate football players be paid?

For argument sake, I have chosen the position of yes.

And I will explain why in the following model.

Coach gettin’ his, Imma get mines…

Recently, Urban Meyer, Nick Saban, Les Miles, Pete Carroll, and Brian Kelly have all inked multimillion dollar deals at their respective programs. Even Jimbo Fisher, who has yet to take command at

Florida State, is earning quite a bit of change. All the while, their players are not seeing any of the money made from these programs outside of their non-guaranteed scholarships.

The idealist still believes there is purity and innocence in the sport, but the NCAA pimp knows better. Administration and coaches would argue not compensating the players with cash, because they are students first. Thus the term student-athlete.

For what it’s worth…

Where's the player's cut of this?

The educational compensation of collegiate football is worth nothing compared to the multibillion dollar revenue that boosters, sponsors, and programs alike receive from what these students do on the field.

Let’s not get this twisted. QB Matt Barkley did not choose USC, because it has one of the best film programs in the nation.

In general, recruits are not choosing schools based on academic prowess. If that were the case, Duke, Vanderbilt, Stanford, Northwestern and so forth would be the leading collegiate football programs. Just imagine recruits going to the highest institutions of education without regards for the program’s level of football competition.

Every time that happens, an agent loses his wingtip shoes.

Simply, these collegiate recruits and players understand that their best possible way to getting big time financial compensation is by enrolling in a school where they double major in football and primetime.

What If…

More high profile football players are getting insured for millions of dollars (i.e. QB Sam Bradford and QB Colt McCoy). And if the trend continues, we could see some players pushing the limits or going outside the lines.

Could this be The League soon?

Currently, the NFL requires a draftee to be three years removed from their high school graduation.

What’s to say a top high school football prospect that has dreams of playing football professionally, just signs out of school to the newly formed United Football League (UFL). Such player could play three years of equally competitive ball, while being rewarded financially.

Plus, the coaches in the UFL have NFL experience, like Dennis “they are who we thought they were” Green (former Arizona and Minnesota HC) Jim Haslett (former New Orleans HC) and Jim Fassel (former New York HC), so if anyone knows of what it takes to get into the league, they would know.

In addition, they would teach pro-style offenses and defenses, which most NFL teams tend to be burden with, when bringing in collegiate football players.

Remember, we have seen something like this in basketball, with the Milwaukee Bucks’ Brandon Jennings being the recent example. He went overseas for a year and took the backdoor route to being a top 10 NBA draft pick.

I’m just sayin’…

The NCAA cannot have its cake and eat it too. But it has managed to for years, especially when it comes to collegiate football. Maybe it is time for someone to go against the grain and challenge this rigged institution of play without pay.

The Journalist

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