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RE: UAB Coaches on 99.5 at Regions Traditions Tournament(podcast)
(05-17-2019 11:50 AM)Blazer on the southside Wrote:  
(05-14-2019 12:44 AM)BAMANBLAZERFAN Wrote:  
(05-09-2019 08:33 AM)Pavy78 Wrote:  
(05-08-2019 02:34 PM)Big Dee Wrote:  If Clark can jump ship tomorrow the players should be able too period point blank, and pay players more.

Can of worms... but pay players more? The $50k-$100k education isn't enough? Especially for the guys that would have never had the opportunity to go to college without athletics? Sure, pay them $1500/mo, but let them stroke the check for tuition, room & board, meal plan, books, fees, etc. I think they get a pretty good deal. Yeah, they may not be able to get a job down at the pizza bar like the avg college student, but unless they have an academic ride, the avg college student is leaving college with a ton of debt, and without the opportunity to "audition" for the professional level of their skill set. The avg student also doesn't get to fly around the country, play sports in various cities, eat free meals, access to trainers/health care, bowl games/holiday tournaments on Caribbean Islands , and experiences they will carry for a lifetime.
I bet Luis is grateful for this opportunity at UAB without cashing a check.
This "pay the players" argument is old and weak. You wanna get paid, get a job and go to school. Drop playing sports. No one is forcing them to take a scholarship and play sports. There are plenty of guys in line that will gladly take their place.

The universities love athletic scholarships just like they love all scholarships regardless of type or source. Whenever one is awarded for any student it means money pouring into the university's coffers. Whether tuition, books, room & board, etc. the cash flow is entirely to the university with zero to the student. Back when I was a student at Bama (1960-1963), athletes received $15 per month as "laundry money". Today they call it "cost of attendance" money, partly because scholarship athletes are barred from getting jobs (due to boosters, coaches and others abusing that system) and began as a way to give athletes "walking around cash" for personnel expenses (dates, travel home, going out with others for midnight snacks,etc).

The amount is argued over, but the principle remains that athletes whose labor make millions for big programs should get some money for daily living expenses since ALL scholarship monies are paid directly to the school. Suppose a company called in its employees and announced that there would no longer be a payroll, but the company would provide a single bed in their motel, 3 meals per day ONLY for the employee, and would provide company manuals for them to study? Medical coverage for only work-related injuries will be provided. Why would one want that "sweet" deal?

If it were such a bad deal for the student athletes you would think that they would have a hard time finding people willing to participate in college sports.

It is a bad deal which is why no company copies it. For the teenage athlete, usually with no family responsibilities, it is the only offer they get to trade physical athletic prowess for college admissions and a chance to "go pro". They generally believe they will never be among the 40 of every 125 in FB who must seek transfer, be cut from their scholarship or just be pushed out of school by grades.
(This post was last modified: 05-17-2019 04:55 PM by BAMANBLAZERFAN.)
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