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University Presidents can fix this
I know many will disagree with this….and some that will disagree won’t even read my entire point.
University presidents should make a stance that college athletics, regardless of sport, should be about educating young men and women.
Regardless of what many believe, college football is NOT a minor league system for the NFL. The NFL, not the NCAA, has the rule of players being out of high school 3 yrs before draft eligibility….
There are 11,000 scholarship football players in FBS and another 8,000 scholarship players in FCS. 19,000 Div 1 scholarship football players. Of those, approximately 270 each year get an opportunity for the NFL. If you stop and think about that, there is no way you can view college football as a minor league for the NFL.
If a college player hit the lottery and made it to the NFL, he has an avg career of 3.3 years. Now he’s 25-26 and without a job.
More importantly there are about 18,730 scholarship players that won’t be playing in the NFL.
Certainly a coach or university should do all they can to help their athletes, that want to pursue professional sports, prepare them for that opportunity. While also focusing and preparing for the reality it won’t happen.
So again, college football isn’t a farm system. It is a university designed to educated.
College football isn’t a right. It’s a privilege.
College presidents should view it as a privilege and stop catering to “rights” of athletes.
obviously, these football and basketball teams make the universities a lot of money. How much is far from clear. But that shouldn’t give a player the right to demand compensation or the right to break an agreement.
If a high school athlete decides he wants to play football in college, which is 100% his choice, and he is good enough to earn a scholarship… then the University should be obligated to….
- pay athletes tuition
- provide tutors and guidance to help player earn degree.
- Provide adequate housing
- Provide food and adequate nutrition designed for elite athletes
- top medical and training and continuous medical and support for those suffering catastrophic injury
- any other support needed to help athletes that are doing so much for the university
- allow athletes to “earn” money with their NIL. Signing autographs, social media presence, doing commercials or whatever the athlete can generate because of the demand for their NIL.
The University should be obligated to do everything it can to prepare the young athlete for a career after sports.
The University is giving high school students the opportunity to attend a university they may otherwise not be able to attend.
If college football and basketball are making so much money, as many are suggesting, then all the better.
Help athletes from Olympic sports, baseball, softball, etc receive higher % of scholarship money or possibly full scholarships. Which helps educate and provide opportunities for even more high school athletes.
Instead, whoever is responsible, I honestly have no idea, is allowing about 270 athletes dictate what should happen for the VAST majority and actually killing education opportunities for many.
College sports are a privilege, not a right. If a young man doesn’t like the rules the college presidents decide upon….then he shouldn’t play college football. And instead find another way to fund college or go ahead and get a job doing something else.
Come on University Presidents, grow some cajones and do what is right.