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  •  Sorry, but I don't weep for the athletes... (3+ / 0-)
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    RichM, TLS66, NearlyNormal

    I weep for the kids who can't get a college education because they don't have the money while these pampered kids get treated like kings on campus. I don't think too many would mind doing what they do...play ball, take gut courses for credit (if they go to class at all) and, basically, glide through school. And no money? Yeah, right. That's why a kid who comes from a small town is suddenly riding around in a fancy car with lots of jewelry and fancy clothes. No, the money doesn't come from the school, it comes from the boosters via little packets of money.
    College sports is a cesspool. And fact is, it really doesn't make the school much money - and many programs lose money.
    If it were up to me, I'd only allow athletes who can get in by passing the same application standards as any other student. Don't make the grade, you don't get in. And once you're in, if you don't carry the load or make the grade, you don't play.
    Of course, that would mean going back to using sports as recreation. No more big boosters with pockets full of dough. No letting in kids with D+ average because they can play a game. If the NFL wants a minor league, let them pay for it like baseball.
    You're right that they're used. But they also let themselves be used. Things need to change.

    Isn’t it ironic to think that man might determine his own future by something so seemingly trivial as the choice of an insect spray. ~ Rachel Carson, Silent Spring ~

    by MA Liberal on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 03:26:58 PM PST

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