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September 24, 2013, 03:31 PM
The NCAA is about to have as much power in College Sports as the Red Cross does.

None

With the recent slap on the wrist that Johnny Football received, to the restoring of scholarships for Penn State starting next season, and possible bowl ban reduced, they have overstepped their boundaries, and are now about to be irrelevant.

The NCAA's only job is to guarantee the college sports are fair, and not to be the judge, jury, and executioner.

The Law is about to deal with the Pen State admin that made mistakes, which is the proper way do do it.

There has been recent talk that a number of super conferences will leave the NCAA, and form their own association, and pay the players. This is long overdue.

This will let Pro Sports make them all stay at least three years, since they can not declare hardship to turn pro and give the athletes insurance against career ending injuries. I know this is just talk right now, but I hope it becomes reality, and soon.

IMO the NCAA is about to become very humble and play the role that they should, and make sports fair, so that they do not lose the money cash cow they have, but I think the train has left, and it is just a matter of time.
September 24, 2013  04:09 PM ET

I thought this thread was a fill in the blank. As in..The NCAA is just a big joke!

September 24, 2013  06:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I thought this thread was a fill in the blank. As in..The NCAA is just a big joke!

IMO they feel that they are losing the public opinion battle, and want to make changes...I think it is to late. If enough Conferences pool together, they can eliminate the MCAA...and they no it.

September 24, 2013  07:13 PM ET

You make some good points.

the problems are huge when it comes to paying, one school pays more than another etc...

I think the NFL should pay the players after all it is their minor league, their draft pool, that they pay nothing for now, without it what would they do? they'd have to create it of course.

The entire structure of the NCAA is based on a business plan formed over a 100 years ago, they could never have foreseen what has become of college sports, Football and Basketball money making machines especially.

Now getting change to happen, good luck with that.

September 24, 2013  07:17 PM ET

and this----->>>>Hot Click gal is too young, looks like a middle schooler to me.

September 25, 2013  11:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

You make some good points.the problems are huge when it comes to paying, one school pays more than another etc...I think the NFL should pay the players after all it is their minor league, their draft pool, that they pay nothing for now, without it what would they do? they'd have to create it of course.The entire structure of the NCAA is based on a business plan formed over a 100 years ago, they could never have foreseen what has become of college sports, Football and Basketball money making machines especially. Now getting change to happen, good luck with that.

I wish that I could take credit for this, but is is just something that I saw in a story on one of the sports station.

September 26, 2013  02:06 PM ET

I don't think the schools should pay players - at the most, maybe, a fixed and limited stipend each month for some pocket money, funded solely by the merchandising of the players.

That said, the whole system is broken and unfair. This is America, land of entrepreneurs. Scholarship athletes should not be precluded from going out and making their own money. Sell their autograph, start a business, etc. A regular student on scholarship is not precluded from starting a business and making a fortune (although the $ made might affect eligibility re need), so why should athletes be prevented from doing so?

It's on the NFL and NBA, really. The NFL has a rule (I think) that a player must be at least 3 years out of high school to be eligible to be drafted or signed. It's ridiculous. If you are good enough and you want to jump, let the free market rule the day. The NBA I believe requires a player to be at least one year removed from HS (not positive about that), so it's a bit better. But I agree that by making that rule, the NFL strokes the NCAA and creates its own farm system.

Don't force the players into the NCAA system and then tell them they can't earn a living while there. If they have the OPTION to be there, then they make a free choice knowing they won't be paid, or paid just a stipend. But as of now, they have no real option. It's college (the accepted path into the NFL) or the Arena League or Canada (if they would take them), or nothing.

It's a tough subject. Paying athletes creates a host of new problems. NCAA schools become more like professional franchises. I like that schools have amateur athletes playing for them. But if you're not paying them to play, at least allow them to go out and make their own money if they are able to. I realize that has its own problems too (menial jobs paying huge sums, etc.), but if you don't want that then give them the option to test the NFL market out of high school if they're good enough.

Old enough to die for our country, old enough for the NFL.

September 26, 2013  06:02 PM ET

Thorny subject Ripper, the more you think of a solution the more problems you can immediately see as a consequence of whatever your solution is.


No win situation, except for the NFL, they get a endless talent pool every year at no cost to them.

September 26, 2013  06:09 PM ET

IF you click on the Hot Clicks LLOD you will see that they are only showing half of that picture, and believe me it is worth following the link to the other half of that Australian beauty.

September 26, 2013  06:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

IF you click on the Hot Clicks LLOD you will see that they are only showing half of that picture, and believe me it is worth following the link to the other half of that Australian beauty.

She really has a great looking tush.

September 26, 2013  08:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Thorny subject Ripper, the more you think of a solution the more problems you can immediately see as a consequence of whatever your solution is. No win situation, except for the NFL, they get a endless talent pool every year at no cost to them.

Exactly . . . no clean solution. Introduce pay for players, introduce corruption. Exclude pay to players, maintain existing corruption. And the NFL and NCAA sit back like fat cats and smile.

September 26, 2013  08:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

IF you click on the Hot Clicks LLOD you will see that they are only showing half of that picture, and believe me it is worth following the link to the other half of that Australian beauty.

A+++. 9.7356/10

And definitely a 3 on the Clydesdale scale!

 
September 29, 2013  09:46 AM ET

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