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College Football Players Don’t Need Spending Money

I love college football, really love it. I’m the guy that watches the Louisiana Tech/Hawaii game at 3am.  Lately there is a lot of talk about the plight of the big time college football player and his lack of compensation in the billion dollar industry that college football has become. It’s bullshit.

Jay Bilas from ESPN, a bigger douche would be hard to find on all of television, thought he was being smart by “exposing” the fact that on http://www.shopncaasports.com/ you could search for a college player’s name and find their jersey. He painted the NCAA as some all powerful evil entity making money hand over fist on the backs of college players. Jay’s problem is he’s ignorant. The NCAA doesn’t get that money, the individual schools do.  It is a non-profit organization that exists to promote collegiate athletics. In fact the NCAA makes almost 90% of its revenue on the NCAA basketball tournament alone.  I know what you’re saying to yourself, “But Darkkyn, March Madness!  The NCAA tourney is HUGE!!”.  Yes it is.  And you know where all that b-ball money goes?  It goes toward funding the championships in non-revenue sports like wrestling, and soccer, and crew, and fencing, and volleyball, and baseball.  Bilas made it seem like the NCAA administration was just lining their own pockets.  Untrue, and irresponsible for someone in his position.

While we’re at it, let’s keep in mind that the NCAA is a membership driven institution.  They aren’t some powerful governing body.  They can’t pass any legislation without it going through the university presidents of the member institutions.  The only power they have is that which those member institutions have given them.  Nothing more.  So any school who has a problem with the NCAA or its rules, is free to leave whenever they like.  They’d no longer be able to compete in NCAA championships, but that doesn’t include football anyway at the FBS level.

Back to players and spending money.  So let me get this straight:

You get free tuition, room, board, student fees, lab fees, and books.
You have access to free tutoring pretty much 24/7.
You have access to training table food, i.e. NOT common student food.
You have access to a nutritionist who will design your diet to a T.
You have access to trainers who can optimize your workouts to their fullest potential.
You get access to facilities that regular students don’t, and which would blow most people’s minds!
http://youtu.be/-xSlBX32jx0
http://youtu.be/nq1ZAIwgsAw
You get to hand a class list to an advisor and get it filled for you. No cattle line to get your books, no worries about any scheduling conflicts other than with practice.

But it’s just not enough? Sorry, but the perks are enough. College football players, at least at the FBS level, get incredible academic support too, for free, unlike regular students. If a player doesn’t earn a degree, they didn’t want to earn one. There is no other excuse.  Is there a time demand.  Yes.  Is the school making money off of you?  Yes.  Consider that a lesson on how life works, and that’s on the house as well.  We have real and actual fair compensation issues in this country and we’ve decided the front lines of that battle is going to be college football?  Priorities, people, priorities.


Big East very much alive and kicking
October, 2, 2012
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By  Andrea Adelson | ESPN.com
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US PresswireWith Cincinnati, Rutgers and Louisville undefeated the Big East has three teams ranked in the top 25.
It is a wonder the Big East is even playing football this season. Ahem. Playing good football this season. This league is supposed to be dead, right? After Pitt, Syracuse and West Virginia walked out on the Big East, critics delivered last rites to the beaten-down league. West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck called the Big East a sinking ship. Conference commissioners began to drop the term “big six” in favor of “power five” when discussing the leagues that should have a seat at the big boy table. Former Big 12 interim commissioner Chuck Neinas spoke for them all when he said the ACC, Big 12, Pac-12, Big Ten and SEC had separated themselves from the pack. Well, how is this for separation? The Big East has three undefeated teams through the first month of the season: No. 19 Louisville (5-0), No. 22 Rutgers (4-0) and Cincinnati (3-0 and ranked No. 23 in the coaches poll). Let us take a look around the country for a brief moment. Do you know how many undefeated teams there are in the ACC? One. How about in the Big Ten? Two, and one is ineligible for postseason play. Next up, the Pac-12. Two. That is separation, all right. Big East separation. For a league tossed around like a rag doll, the Big East has gotten the best start to the season it could have ever imagined. Not only are three teams undefeated and ranked in one poll, all three are remaining Big East members. Two of them –- Louisville and Cincinnati — came onboard in 2005, the last time the Big East was forced to rebuild itself. What new commissioner Mike Aresco should do right now is phone every commissioner who has slammed his league, every elite bowl game that has turned its nose at a tie-in and present some very real facts. Because the ongoing misconception surrounding the Big East is based on an idea that does not exist. “A lot of the stuff that has been written has been unfair,” Cincinnati coach Butch Jones said. “There’s a lot of facts that we can back up with our play, from our bowl games to our BCS bowl games, to the level of competition to the amount of players we’ve had in the National Football League. I don’t think it’s been deserving, but the only way we can change that perception is by the way we perform on the field. I think we’re doing that.” When Neinas made his remarks last spring, all the commissioners had as evidence against the Big East was realignment. Four teams bailed; therefore the Big East must be terrible. None of the naysayers pointed to on-the-field play, where the Big East still retained recent BCS representatives UConn, Cincinnati and Louisville and would be adding non-AQ power Boise State. Nobody pointed to the bowl record. The Big East has the best postseason mark of any conference during the BCS era (43-27 for a .614 winning percentage). Nobody pointed to the nonconference record? The Big East has won at least 60 percent of its nonleague games in each of the past six years. Instead, they pointed to the teams leaving, and made irresponsible assertions that have tainted the perception surrounding the Big East. In the future playoff system, automatic qualifying designation has been dropped for all leagues. But that was really a clever way of stripping the Big East from its AQ status. Why? The ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, and SEC have all secured themselves tie-ins to the elite level bowl games (Orange, Rose, and the Champions Bowl between Big 12 and SEC representatives). The Big East has nothing as we sit here today. The early part of this season reveals the flaws in that logic. A conference like the Big Ten can feel secure knowing it will still be able to reward its champion even in a down season. The ACC is currently 3-4 against the Big East in real games this year, but that league gets a guaranteed spot in the Orange Bowl every year. The Big East? Even in the case of an exceptional season, there are no guarantees. This right here has the makings of an exceptional season. Louisville and Cincinnati have the potential to be undefeated when they meet later this month. The winner of that game has the potential to be undefeated when it plays Rutgers in November. As for Rutgers, this is a team many believe should begin the season 9-0. For the first time since 2007, the league has three undefeated teams at this point in the season. That will not stand; but it is crucial for a clear top and clear bottom to remain. Conferences that have powerful teams at the top are forgiven for their 2-10 bottom feeders. Leagues that have teams all jumbled up in the middle are perceived to be down a notch. Nobody is praising the Big Ten for having seven teams that are 2-2 or 3-2 right now. That is not competitive in the eyes of college football; that is weak. “I said in August there needs to be a team in this conference that can stand up and become the team that can draw everyone’s attention and people will respect,” Louisville coach Charlie Strong said. “Right now, you have three teams that are ranked, so it goes a long way if we can continue to play well. Then at the end of the year, we’ll see where we end up.”

Big East very much alive and kicking

October, 2, 2012
Oct 2
9:00
AM ET
By Andrea Adelson | ESPN.com
US PresswireWith Cincinnati, Rutgers and Louisville undefeated the Big East has three teams ranked in the top 25.
It is a wonder the Big East is even playing football this season. Ahem. Playing good football this season.

This league is supposed to be dead, right?

After Pitt, Syracuse and West Virginia walked out on the Big East, critics delivered last rites to the beaten-down league. West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck called the Big East a sinking ship.

Conference commissioners began to drop the term “big six” in favor of “power five” when discussing the leagues that should have a seat at the big boy table. Former Big 12 interim commissioner Chuck Neinas spoke for them all when he said the ACC, Big 12, Pac-12, Big Ten and SEC had separated themselves from the pack.

Well, how is this for separation?

The Big East has three undefeated teams through the first month of the season: No. 19 Louisville (5-0), No. 22 Rutgers (4-0) and Cincinnati (3-0 and ranked No. 23 in the coaches poll). Let us take a look around the country for a brief moment.

Do you know how many undefeated teams there are in the ACC?

One.

How about in the Big Ten?

Two, and one is ineligible for postseason play.

Next up, the Pac-12.

Two.

That is separation, all right. Big East separation.

For a league tossed around like a rag doll, the Big East has gotten the best start to the season it could have ever imagined. Not only are three teams undefeated and ranked in one poll, all three are remaining Big East members. Two of them –- Louisville and Cincinnati — came onboard in 2005, the last time the Big East was forced to rebuild itself.

What new commissioner Mike Aresco should do right now is phone every commissioner who has slammed his league, every elite bowl game that has turned its nose at a tie-in and present some very real facts. Because the ongoing misconception surrounding the Big East is based on an idea that does not exist.

“A lot of the stuff that has been written has been unfair,” Cincinnati coach Butch Jones said. “There’s a lot of facts that we can back up with our play, from our bowl games to our BCS bowl games, to the level of competition to the amount of players we’ve had in the National Football League. I don’t think it’s been deserving, but the only way we can change that perception is by the way we perform on the field. I think we’re doing that.”

When Neinas made his remarks last spring, all the commissioners had as evidence against the Big East was realignment. Four teams bailed; therefore the Big East must be terrible. None of the naysayers pointed to on-the-field play, where the Big East still retained recent BCS representatives UConn, Cincinnati and Louisville and would be adding non-AQ power Boise State.

Nobody pointed to the bowl record. The Big East has the best postseason mark of any conference during the BCS era (43-27 for a .614 winning percentage).

Nobody pointed to the nonconference record? The Big East has won at least 60 percent of its nonleague games in each of the past six years.

Instead, they pointed to the teams leaving, and made irresponsible assertions that have tainted the perception surrounding the Big East. In the future playoff system, automatic qualifying designation has been dropped for all leagues. But that was really a clever way of stripping the Big East from its AQ status.

Why? The ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, and SEC have all secured themselves tie-ins to the elite level bowl games (Orange, Rose, and the Champions Bowl between Big 12 and SEC representatives). The Big East has nothing as we sit here today.

The early part of this season reveals the flaws in that logic. A conference like the Big Ten can feel secure knowing it will still be able to reward its champion even in a down season. The ACC is currently 3-4 against the Big East in real games this year, but that league gets a guaranteed spot in the Orange Bowl every year.

The Big East? Even in the case of an exceptional season, there are no guarantees.

This right here has the makings of an exceptional season.

Louisville and Cincinnati have the potential to be undefeated when they meet later this month. The winner of that game has the potential to be undefeated when it plays Rutgers in November. As for Rutgers, this is a team many believe should begin the season 9-0.

For the first time since 2007, the league has three undefeated teams at this point in the season. That will not stand; but it is crucial for a clear top and clear bottom to remain.

Conferences that have powerful teams at the top are forgiven for their 2-10 bottom feeders. Leagues that have teams all jumbled up in the middle are perceived to be down a notch. Nobody is praising the Big Ten for having seven teams that are 2-2 or 3-2 right now. That is not competitive in the eyes of college football; that is weak.

“I said in August there needs to be a team in this conference that can stand up and become the team that can draw everyone’s attention and people will respect,” Louisville coach Charlie Strong said. “Right now, you have three teams that are ranked, so it goes a long way if we can continue to play well. Then at the end of the year, we’ll see where we end up.”