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  • They should be able to work

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  • They should be able to market their likeness/autographs

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    Re: Should College Athletes Be Paid a Salary?

    Quote Originally Posted by MarineTpartier View Post
    They do, in a scholarship. If they aren't on scholarship, they aren't generating any money. People come to see the best play. The best are on scholarship.
    A scholarship is not a fair compensation. They are there because they are the best, and are expected to perform like the best. This means that they are barely passing classes, putting less into the educational side, then what happens if they are not good enough for the NFL or get injured and have to retire? They are left degreeless and with nowhere to go while the school gets off free to do it again.
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    Re: Should College Athletes Be Paid a Salary?

    Quote Originally Posted by AlabamaPaul View Post
    Why the hate for the SEC?
    Everybody hates the SEC dude lol. I live in the heart of SEC country and the haters hate. Of course, when your conference pretty much smokes all challengers, that's what happens.
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    Re: Should College Athletes Be Paid a Salary?

    Quote Originally Posted by MarineTpartier View Post
    I was listening to ESPN radio today and heard something I didn't know about college athletes. They are not able to be employed, not even part time, by anyone while school is in session including during spring break. How are these kids supposed to make any money to support themselves? Think if a poor kid with a single mother who is barely paying the electric bill sends her son off to school. The kid gets room, food, and an education. And that's it. No entertainment, nothing. Also, college athletes cannot make any money off of their likeness, autographs, etc. So, should college athletes be paid a salary, be able to work, be able to make money off of their likeness/autographs, or a combo of some of those?
    I don't think this is an easy one to answer. In most cases, the student athletes you're talking about are the high profile ones in big program football and to a lesser extent basketball, and most of these student athletes are in there on a full free ride for a three or four year program - that's big money in most of these universities and if you get that ride at a major educational institution like a Notre Dame that education is even more valuable in the long run. These students wouldn't be able to afford their education without the scholarship programs.

    Secondly, student athletes are theoretically supposed to be students first and athletes second. As such, they should be concentrating on their studies during the school year, not out looking to make money. Everything they need is provided for them by the program.

    I would, however, say that there should be some type of "bonus" paid to these student athletes at the end of their program if they get their degree and leave in good standing. Again, using Notre Dame as an example, the football program takes in hundreds of millions of dollars each year from various sources and most of the students on the team don't go on to play in the NFL and get big contracts. They are set for life in the job market with their degree, but it's not the same. Even something like a $50,000 "parting gift" would be great, in my view, to help set them on their way and help transition from school to the workplace whatever their career path takes.
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    Re: Should College Athletes Be Paid a Salary?

    Quote Originally Posted by AlabamaPaul View Post
    Why the hate for the SEC?
    Between all these damned rednecks down here bickering with each other and on Finebaum, the rampant cheating, and that atrocious game against my Wolverines in Dallas, I grow a little tired of it. School book selling scandals, stolen laptops, selling your autograph, shopping your son to the highest bidder. Starting to think that Vanderbilt is the last bastion of fair play.

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    Re: Should College Athletes Be Paid a Salary?

    Quote Originally Posted by MarineTpartier View Post
    Everybody hates the SEC dude lol. I live in the heart of SEC country and the haters hate. Of course, when your conference pretty much smokes all challengers, that's what happens.
    Oh, I know, but one should encourage their conference to compete, not be jealous of the last seven BCS titles...
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    Re: Should College Athletes Be Paid a Salary?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    Between all these damned rednecks down here bickering with each other and on Finebaum, the rampant cheating, and that atrocious game against my Wolverines in Dallas, I grow a little tired of it. School book selling scandals, stolen laptops, selling your autograph, shopping your son to the highest bidder. Starting to think that Vanderbilt is the last bastion of fair play.
    No conference is immune from unethical incidences. Just as USC had to vacate their 2004 BCS title and all wins that season as well
    I don't often change my signature, but this was just too over the top to let anyone forget with what this country is up against...
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    Re: Should College Athletes Be Paid a Salary?

    Quote Originally Posted by iacardsfan View Post
    A scholarship is not a fair compensation. They are there because they are the best, and are expected to perform like the best. This means that they are barely passing classes, putting less into the educational side, then what happens if they are not good enough for the NFL or get injured and have to retire? They are left degreeless and with nowhere to go while the school gets off free to do it again.
    Dude, have you seen how much it costs to go to college lately? That is PLENTY of compensation. And if they don't get their degree, that's their fault. Many, many good athletes have 4.0 GPA's and go on to be NFL players. If they get injured, a lot of schools will continue to honor the scholarship. However, they should not be required to because it is an athletic scholarship after all. If the kid can't play, then he doesn't get the scholarship. However, I do believe the university should be responsible for his health care related to that injury. I'm ignorant of those rules and would have to look it up.
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    Re: Should College Athletes Be Paid a Salary?

    Quote Originally Posted by MarineTpartier View Post
    I was listening to ESPN radio today and heard something I didn't know about college athletes. They are not able to be employed, not even part time, by anyone while school is in session including during spring break. How are these kids supposed to make any money to support themselves? Think if a poor kid with a single mother who is barely paying the electric bill sends her son off to school. The kid gets room, food, and an education. And that's it. No entertainment, nothing. Also, college athletes cannot make any money off of their likeness, autographs, etc. So, should college athletes be paid a salary, be able to work, be able to make money off of their likeness/autographs, or a combo of some of those?
    I think functionally it would be a mess, but philosophically yes they should. It's their work and their sweat filling the seats, promoting the school, and bringing in the donations.
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    Re: Should College Athletes Be Paid a Salary?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    Between all these damned rednecks down here bickering with each other and on Finebaum, the rampant cheating, and that atrocious game against my Wolverines in Dallas, I grow a little tired of it. School book selling scandals, stolen laptops, selling your autograph, shopping your son to the highest bidder. Starting to think that Vanderbilt is the last bastion of fair play.
    Vanderbilt just had a huge sexual assault controversy.......
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    Re: Should College Athletes Be Paid a Salary?

    Quote Originally Posted by AlabamaPaul View Post
    Oh, I know, but one should encourage their conference to compete, not be jealous of the last seven BCS titles...
    Auburn's was bought and paid for. They should be thankful that Rogers reneged on the deal with Mississippi State.

    Then there's Urban's tarnished titles. Fortunately he'll drag that cheater college in Columbus down into probation hell.

    That school up in Tuscaloosa should also be thankful that that Little Debbie-eatin mofo got essentially kicked out of the NFL for some really slimy tactics. Fortunately he stopped being the laughing stock when Petrino pinned the tail on himself.

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