Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Scrap the NCAA? Let's Terminate the Athlete Scholarship

Be patient with me here.  This is not technically a Miami Dolphins post - sorry!

I listened to Jorge Sedano today.   He had Alex Marvez (now with FOX Sports) as a guest.  They discussed the NCAA and the antiquated way in which they do business.   They want a different system.

Okay, let's look at this logically.  According to the geniuses their in the studio at WQAM, we should rewrite the entire college sports scholarship model to satisfy the needs of maybe 50 or so college players every year.  The Marvez/Sedano brain trust believe that college football players should be paid.  Or, they believe the NFL should start a minor league football program to end-around the college experience.

Really?   Do we pay the backup small forward of a small state girls basketball team who is on scholarship.   For every Johnny Football, there are probably 10,000 other college scholarship athletes who cannot sell their signatures for spending money.   We are supposed to scrap the entire college athlete concept for at most 50 football and basketball players?

Maybe we should scrap the college athletic scholarship program in favor of a "need-based" financial aid model as outlined by Ralph Nader back in 2011.    Will that do the trick?  I doubt it.

From my understanding (please, someone confirm this), there are over 51,000 scholarships paid out each year to college athletes.   It seems low to me...   Anyway, based on these numbers - 50 / 51,000 -  The NCAA should lay to waste the entire program for about 50 players, OR less than 1/10th of 1% of all college scholarship athletes?    That sounds reasonable Marvez, Sedano and company.

My suggestion to the NCAA is to add another program where ALL College Athletes (not just scholarship recipients) may take a small weekly draw, an allowance so to speak, that must be repaid starting 6 months after they leave college.  Of course, to be fair, it must be uniform and satisfy all of the nuances of title 9.

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