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Phillip Marshall 7 months ago
If those who run college football don't do something for those who play it, the very future of the game could be threatened.
This post was edited by PhillipMarshall on 5/7/2013 at 2:57 AM
Great insight. Thanks Phillip
This is your best entry to date, Mr. Marshall. It's past time to start taking care of the players in substantive ways. It's embarrassing that we don't already.
And again I say, who knows exactly what all SEC players do get? How can we get all worked about the subject when we don't really know what benefits the athletes now receive? I would like to see an article itemizing the benefits of an Auburn scholarship before I offer an opinion. I see the expensive cars, clothes, etc. that these guys have. I don't see any who don't look well fed. Free tutors, nice road trips, and all the trappings of being the big man on campus. I'm a long way from feeling sorry for college athletes. I would just like to know the facts.
This post was edited by OldTiger on 5/7/2013 at 6:06 AM
Hear, hear! Agree totally with you Phillip.
I think benefits like lifetime health insurance, life insurance, and disability insurance should be must benefits for these young men.
I agree they should be getting a bigger piece of the pie, but don't don't they get a stipend of some sort now? How do they pay for food etc. living off campus?
Philip, I don't post much but every once in a while I see an issue that I think is so important that I feel compelled to either agree or disagree. I am totally supportive of the position that you take in this article.
Another thing that has bothered me is the position taken on athletic dorms several years ago. Obviously, that was a bad decision. I know that a new athletic dorm is underway. What is the situation and policy on that now? I think the demise of the athletic dorm with the inherent discipline and guidance offered by the resident coach has resulted in many of the problems we have seen.
Well, for those advocating paying college football players anything more than a small stipend just remember you are the one who will be paying more to cover the cost. If you think any pro league strike/negotiation ever took anything from the owners then I believe you are wrong. Fan prices just go up, the owner isn't going to lose. It would be no different in this situation. And to pull in another discussion from another thread the costs of taking your family to a game have almost reached the tipping point for a lot of people and that is one of the reasons attendance in college football is going down. The cost of tuition/books/food and yes medical care (players are completely covered for football related injuries, or were when I played (even at lower schools like mine) thank goodness because I unfortunately had to partake) are already a lot more than most would think. Also keep in mind players from less fortunate situations still qualify for pell grants which is how some of these players seem to raise some eyebrows sometimes. If you recall, a former player that implied someone had gotten him a car had a teammate come out and say he was with him when he got his Pell grant and went to by the car. Several of my teammates fell into that situation.
Break the college football ranks down into those who can ante up more for players and those who can't.
The top conferences plus the other teams that want to be at that level. Other teams can join the pay for play when they can afford it. Kind of like moving to what use to be called D1.
The UAB and Troys and directional Louisiana schools have a shot at winning a national championship again.
You're so right Phillip. There is no excuse for these guys to sacrifice their bodies and risk potential serious injuries and not get everything you listed and maybe a little more. They get a free education, sure, but ask Terry Beasley about the effect of repeated concussions.
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