‘The U’, as it’s affectionately called by illiterate players and idiot fans everywhere, is involved in a major NCAA violations scandal. People everywhere collectively yawn.
It seems like everyone on the planet is realistic about powerhouse Division I football programs except for the governing body of powerhouse Division I football programs, the NCAA. I’ve already voiced my distaste for that dirtbag organization here, and this is another great example of why I can’t stand the filthy animals that work at that office in Indiana.
Why does the NCAA bother me in this particular situation? First, I feel like I need to establish that student-athletes are not ordinary people when they play a sport for a well renowned university. Not on their campus, and not in the towns or cities where they attend school. That’s just a fact of life. Stop and consider for a moment that these are 18 to 20-something year old kids. How do you think they’re going to handle being a local celebrity, let alone a national one? Imagine yourself a college student again, eating in the cafeteria every day and drinking Old German beer at night. If someone walked up to you and wanted to give you $1,000, no strings attached, you would take the money without thinking twice. And personally, I don’t have a problem with that at all. If you want to get your head smashed in by a bunch of Neanderthals for my entertainment (and for the NCAA’s profit), I feel that you should be compensated accordingly.
And why shouldn’t college athletes, especially football players, be compensated for the services that they provide? Miami football can cram 75,000-plus fans into Sun Life Stadium each week, generating millions of dollars of revenue for the University and the NCAA. Maybe in a fantastic draft class five kids are taken by NFL teams out of the 60 or so ‘student athletes’. And I hate when people say, ‘Well, they’re getting a free college education. They shouldn’t get paid.’ That’s horse shit. The rest of those football players who don’t go to the NFL will have to find real jobs with their college educations. Take a look at a study conducted by the Wall Street Journal and consider how many of those kids actually earn degrees that will be practical in helping them secure a job once they leave college. (Sorry to those 103 liberal arts majors, but it’s a tough job market out there.) Those kids’ jobs are to be football players. If the NCAA really wanted to take care of its student athletes, they’d pull that stick out of their asses and pay to let every student athlete go back to school after they graduate so they can actually focus on earning a practical degree.
So I guess the crux of my hatred for the NCCA stems from the fact that as an organization, they have no problem pimping out these ‘student athletes’ on television. In fact, and though no one in the NCAA will ever admit it, they probably don’t have that big of a problem with players receiving fringe benefits, like a little cash here-and-there, or access into a night club, or, dare I say a car, as long as no one is the wiser. Once some nosy reporter starts poking around, however, it seems like that’s when everyone starts jumping on their moral high horses. Just stop and think for a minute. Do you really think that there were zero violations going on at the University of Miami, which is located in Miami, Florida, before 2002?
No one in the NCAA cares about any kind of violation until it’s brought to light. Only then do they mount their Righteous Stallion of Integrity, open an investigation, and ride full speed with their Sword of Truthiness to cripple a deserving college sports program.
Whatever. That’s literally all I can think to say to the NCAA; whatever. Like any subhuman, soul-sucking machine, the NCAA doesn’t really care about its ‘student athletes’, universities, or fans. It cares about a bottom line so that the people at the top of food chain can get paid. And if you think the NCAA really isn’t a business functioning to make money, check out this contract that they signed with CBS. And people wonder why they want to expand the tournament field.
Now, all of that being said, if someone is paying for hookers for players on a football team, that’s just wrong. That’s a crime, and I’m fine with throwing the book at whoever you want to throw the book at after an investigation. I also don’t like douchebags. Just because you’re a college football player, doesn’t mean that you should act like a total turd.
But seriously, no one outside of the NCAA gives a shit about a ‘student athlete’ receiving money or tickets to a sporting event. No one cares if the head coach of the football program knew that his football players were receiving ‘improper’ benefits. Walk down the street and ask ten random people you meet if it offends their general sensibilities if college football player earn money for their services. No one will care. Clearly the NFL has no problem with its employees being involved in scandalous NCAA violations, as evidenced by Pete Carroll’s hiring in Seattle.
So, NCAA, get off your high horse. You’re the only one still pretending.