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Thanks to Colt McCoy’s wife, Texas may be next on NCAA’s radar

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And it just keeps on coming.

Just when you think this whole college football situation involving impermissible benefits couldn’t possibly take any more twists and turns, the wife of a Texas Longhorns football legend goes and makes an impromptu call to a national radio show.

And, in the process, may have squarely placed her husband’s alma mater in the crosshairs of the NCAA.

Speaking on Colin Cowherd‘s ESPN radio show Tuesday afternoon, Rachel McCoy, wife of former UT and current Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy, went on the record, and probably accidentally, leaked information that certain, unnamed players at Texas may have willingly received impermissible benefits while attending the university.

Below is a transcript of McCoy’s rant:

“Regularly it’s just dinner. People in Texas are just being friendly, they don’t mean anything by it at all. They don’t realize realize most of the time it’s a violation. At Texas you’re taught to take absolutely nothing, I don’t care if it’s a hot dog or soda.

“But you’ve got guys, grown adult men with law degrees – educated men – what are they going to gain out of this? It’s to say, ‘Hey, I bought so and so dinner, hey I took so and so to do this’ … It’s grown men and their pride.

“You cannot expect 19-20 year old kids to say no to free stuff when they’re in college … It’s hard, I think, for a lot of these guys to even know to say, ‘I can take this, I can’t take this, nobody’s going to know, will someone find out?’ Things that could be handed to you that seem so minor – a dinner, a hunt, a fishing trip – most kids don’t even realize are illegal.

“I know Colt was approached quite a bit [by agents] but I saw so many of his teammates who didn’t have some of that self control to say no to somebody … it’s hard, because you have adults who you respect and who you think will know what’s right and wrong … when you have adults promising things and offering things …

McCoy later responded with this tweet:

“Great point @ESPN_Colin to hold “grown ADULT boosters accountable in all this NCAA violation stuff. “Quit being leeches” AGREED!!

The validity of McCoy’s comments are still yet to be determined (although the validity of her attractiveness isn’t), but there’s no doubt this could prompt the NCAA to pull the ‘ol “Well, we’ll just have a quick look”.

And, as in most cases involving the NCAA, they won’t leave until they find something.

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54 Responses to “Thanks to Colt McCoy’s wife, Texas may be next on NCAA’s radar”
  1. blitz4848 says: Jun 7, 2011 6:01 PM

    Now taking reservations for the NCAA committee on football violations…….

    Next up The Texas Longhorns

  2. southernpatriots says: Jun 7, 2011 6:05 PM

    All the folks we know and have met in Texas were and are friendly. This may be a case in point where friendliness may get some fine Texans in some hot water for the numerous fishing trips, hunting trips, 64 oz. steak restaurant trips et al. Rachel may have truly opened a big can of worms which would indict many. We love Texas, and Texans, but if the NCAA gets too hot over there, come east a little and enjoy some good shrimp creole, crawfish etoufee or some great seafood gumbo. Most won’t even ask if you are a member of the Texas football team!

  3. blitz4848 says: Jun 7, 2011 6:07 PM

    Let’s check our list……

    1. USC—punished
    2. Thee OSU—in the crosshairs
    3. North Carolina—possibly the biggest of all
    4. Texas—may get to join their friends
    5. ________ Who’s next?

  4. spreadthecheese says: Jun 7, 2011 6:18 PM

    Free benefits? At Texas? Impossible.

  5. neyvit says: Jun 7, 2011 6:27 PM

    Let’s get something clear here. Every single big college football program has multiple players taking impermissible benefits every year. There are no exceptions. It is impractical to babysit 100+ athletes – in other words, preventing this has been and will always be near impossible.

    This is not a unique situation to USC, OSU, Texas, UNC, etc. It’s just the nature of the ‘business’ – and college football is most certainly a business.

    Whether or not it results in punishments for the schools/players is determined by three factors: 1) whether the media decides to investigate into it, 2) NCAA’s completely arbitrary and inconsistent enforcement of it’s rules, and 3) whether or not there is any paper trail.

  6. spreadthecheese says: Jun 7, 2011 6:33 PM

    @neyvit

    When you get caught speeding do you tell the officer giving you a ticket that everyone else speeds, too?

  7. neyvit says: Jun 7, 2011 6:38 PM

    @spreadthecheese

    No, but I’m also not naive enough to the think the only time people speed is when they get a ticket.

    And I’m not a Texas fan trying to defend anything here if that’s what you were implying. Just making the obvious observation about glass houses.

  8. gorilladunk says: Jun 7, 2011 6:42 PM

    One more reason why the wives and girlfriends of players need to shut their pie hole!

  9. spreadthecheese says: Jun 7, 2011 6:44 PM

    @neyvit

    I don’t believe that every program engages in this practice. I do think there are certain programs that do things the right way, and when you paint everyone in a broad stroke you make it easier to justify the benefits by saying “everyone’s doing it.”

  10. paparoach25 says: Jun 7, 2011 6:48 PM

    hahahhahahahhahhahahahahahhahahahhahahahahhahahahahahhahahahhaha lmao

  11. Deb says: Jun 7, 2011 6:48 PM

    My first thought seeing this headline was “Colt McCoy is married? That lil fella has a wife???” And of course, nothing good can come from a player’s wife ranting on a radio station.

    But … in all fairness to Mrs. McCoy, she was dead on the money! It is ridiculous to punish players and programs because people want to pick up the tab for their drinks and meals. Of course they do. These are the hometown heroes! And most of these kids have never had this kind of attention. How absurd to expect these kids to be calculating the dos and don’ts in their heads every minute of the day or night! The NCAA needs a kick in the backside for criminalizing this kind of thing. So what if a booster buys a kid dinner?

    And I am quite sure Texas isn’t the only place where people treat players to meals. Plus she made clear that the school continually cautions players against accepting.

  12. canetic says: Jun 7, 2011 6:56 PM

    I can’t believe Texas wasn’t already on the NCAA’s radar. If not, the entire NCAA staff should be under investigation.

  13. emmac13 says: Jun 7, 2011 7:06 PM

    Bill Clinton recieving inproper benefits becasuse his fat little girlfriend told him how great he was.

  14. John Taylor says: Jun 7, 2011 7:10 PM

    “Bill Clinton receiving improper benefits because his fat little girlfriend told him how great he was.”

    That’s one of the greatest mixed analogies I’ve ever witnessed.

    Bravo, sir. Bravo.

  15. dolfan66r says: Jun 7, 2011 7:37 PM

    Rachel just passed Lane Kiffins wife in my Top 10

  16. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Jun 7, 2011 7:47 PM

    @ Deb

    I have often agreed with your takes, especially on the “other” site as a fellow yinzer.

    But, I have been a bit bothered over, and your comment above gave me a bit of clarity as to why. You are an enabler. These damn kids grow up being worshiped, given things, and gain a sense of entitlement and a neverending chain of events that expose their me first attitude. And yet you continually back the player.

    I live in a small college town (DII) and we have a very strong athletics program. I know many of the players on many of the teams, and they are VERY aware of what they are and are not allowed to do.

    These DI (I refuse to use the new alphabet soup) are too concerned with living the “rock and roll” lifestyle that people like you have created that there is no way in hell they would say no. It is their right. They are “special”.

  17. tryagainplease says: Jun 7, 2011 7:54 PM

    yeah, she’s right but evidently lives in a bubble and doesn’t comprehend what her comments might cause. not a smart move.

    she is pretty, much much prettier than colt is good looking who’s one of the least attractive qb’s out there- not that it matters but it came to mind.

  18. BrownsTown says: Jun 7, 2011 8:09 PM

    Texas deserves sanctions for allowing anybody ever affilated with the program in any way to call in to Colin Cowherd’s show.

  19. southernpatriots says: Jun 7, 2011 8:43 PM

    BrownsTown: Don’t know how they could have prevented it, but we love the intention of your statement!

  20. omegaichiban says: Jun 7, 2011 9:13 PM

    Colt: Dangit babe…how could you say that!!??
    Rachel: Well it’s true
    Colt: Doesn’t matter, now they’re going to investigate and take our champiuonship!!
    Rachel: Vince won that anyway
    Colt: BABE!!
    Rachel: I’m naked…
    Colt: I love you babe

  21. Deb says: Jun 7, 2011 9:28 PM

    @tomosbornesretirement …

    Now, wait a minute. The idea that I’d ever fawn over any kind of celebrity would have my friends rolling on the floor because I’m not too impressed by that kind of thing (though I’d be dumbstruck if I ever met Chuck Noll :) ). If I lean too far toward the players, my fault is in picturing them as poor kids from hard backgrounds being exploited by savvy boosters. If I pictured them as the overentitled athletes you’re describing, yes, I probably would be a lot tougher on them.

    But I still think it’s irrelevant whether people pick up a meal check. It’s impossible to police everything and the NCAA should focus on bigger issues. Gifts, trips, cars, cash, strippers/hookers–boosters paying for those perks would concern me a lot more than meals.

  22. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Jun 7, 2011 9:51 PM

    Deb –

    As a foodie I can appreciate a good meal, and I’ve had my share slid to me by a small handful of chefs I know.

    It may be that I am a bit cynical at this point as well. A recent grad who was a late starter and slaved his way through school (finished with honors in 3 yrs including a minor) and worked multiple jobs to support himself and pay tuition as well, I feel little sympathy for these players. If I had a fraction of their “scholarship” my life would have been a lot easier. The current job market is not helping either. I’ll say it…currently I am a bitter man.

  23. wangbot says: Jun 7, 2011 10:20 PM

    that dumb hick is gonna get all those rednecks in hot water. whooooooie. suck it texans.

  24. notacareintheworld says: Jun 7, 2011 11:09 PM

    @tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle

    Ditto. Count me a cynic, too.

  25. 27xwschamps says: Jun 8, 2011 2:56 AM

    Burn the mofos they think their s&$t dont stink…

  26. pomanski says: Jun 8, 2011 8:28 AM

    I wouldn’t think they need the extra benifits. They pay those boy’s well in the south.

  27. dickroy says: Jun 8, 2011 8:58 AM

    I listened to Rachel’s entire conversation on ESPN radio. She did not mention one case where any player actually went on a fishing or hunting trip. But she did say players were constantly tempted with this. I do not doubt that this will cause a look into the Texas program. I don’t think buying a meal for a player is a big deal. Now giving away cars and cash or gifts is another matter. I agree with what she said that buying a player a meal is not going to make him play any better. Even a new car will not improve his talent.
    She probably should not have called in, it can’t be good. I do bet she regrets it today.
    By the way she is a looker, but no one compares to Kristen Stewart!!!

  28. lakesidegator says: Jun 8, 2011 9:05 AM

    Which one is Colt’s wife. If it’s the yellow blonde, I’ll take dibs on the other one.

  29. WingT says: Jun 8, 2011 9:14 AM

    Hey Burntorange, can you bring your sanctimonious self out here and give us a comment?

  30. edgy and imtalking are one in the same says: Jun 8, 2011 9:29 AM

    wingt

    as well as the king of slime myballsmyrules

    guess he cannot handle a truthful story, he must just make things up on other topics

  31. kage10 says: Jun 8, 2011 9:42 AM

    Does the NCAA really think that these are the only schools’ players accepting free stuff?? Sports fans love our athletes – it is happening EVERYWHERE!! Not just at universities you don’t like. It’s happening at YOUR university!! Most NCAA rules are stupid as hell and kids in college don’t give a shit if their university gets in trouble…because they are invincible and no one will find out. I work at a university….I see the athletes out and about…don’t tell me they aren’t all doing it, but all of these readers are acting like only the universities they hate (OSU or TEXAS) are the only ones doing it. What a joke. Get over it. The NCAA needs to get real.

  32. pnoty96 says: Jun 8, 2011 10:38 AM

    SWEET. I bet if you look hard enough…she is related to PALIN. At least Mrs. McCoy probably knows history as opposed to the other dumb bitch.

  33. tonesky says: Jun 8, 2011 10:48 AM

    Rachel:

    Adults who do or should know better regularly offer to buy athletes dinner;
    UT teaches athletes to accept nothing, not even a hotdog or soda;
    Athought offered, Colt never accepted anything; and
    You can’t expect every 19 or 20 year old kid to be as bad ass as Colt.

    Interweb Reaction:

    Texas is just as bad as USC, TOSU, and OU; and
    See, here is proof Texas is just as dirty as USC, TOSU, OU.

    The Truth:

    Nothing to see here, move along.

  34. waynefontes says: Jun 8, 2011 11:13 AM

    This is all a total nonissue.

    Nobody actually listens to Colin Cowherd, so no harm.. no foul.

  35. edgy says: Jun 8, 2011 11:21 AM

    I said it before and I’ll say it again, “As long as boosters have access to these kids, offers will be made and more often than not, accepted.” You can cry all day about the “innocent” kiddies but the fact is that they KNOW it’s wrong and they don’t need a compliance class to tell them that (You can blame the adults all you want but does anyone honestly believe that the Tat-5 or Bush didn’t know what they were doing was wrong — puhleeze).

  36. sportsfanatic1 says: Jun 8, 2011 11:31 AM

    What a ditz. Anyway, I don’t doubt that some of the players took the free meals, hunting and fishing trips, but why would she go on ESPN and say this? Why would she not just tell the school so they could look into it?

  37. steelerdynasty2010 says: Jun 8, 2011 11:37 AM

    spreadthecheese says: Jun 7, 2011 6:44 PM

    @neyvit

    I don’t believe that every program engages in this practice. I do think there are certain programs that do things the right way, and when you paint everyone in a broad stroke you make it easier to justify the benefits by saying “everyone’s doing it.”

    not to offend, but that may be the most naive statement i’ve ever seen on here. this is happening everywhere. you’d be amazed at how much is impermissible according to the ncaa. i’m not saying that everyone is going out of their way to make it happen and consequently covering it up, but you truly have your head in the sand if you dont know that an ncaa investigation of ANY/EVERY program would yield something impermissible. it’s happening everywhere. i dont think that by pointing out that fact, you are “justifying” it at all. if anything is being justified, it’s the exploitation of these student-athletes. it’s amazing how offended people get over kids exploiting their status and abilities to make a few thousand dollars and get a “free” education, but no one says a word when the schools and ncaa make millions upon millions of dollars exploiting the same thing. they’re taking kids and telling them that all they can have is an education to show for their hard work on and off the field. Meanwhile, endowments grow, new buildings are erected, video games use their likenesses (with ncaa approval, and essentially hoodwinking these players into signing a release because if they dont sign, their dream is over), coaches are signing more astronomical contracts than ever before. i can go on, but hopefully my point has been made. all this on the backs of those who actually give their blood sweat and tears to the product on the field. all in the hopes of actually keeping the money they earn by working professionally at their chosen craft.

  38. cleanslaton says: Jun 8, 2011 11:38 AM

    Rachel McCoy went to Baylor, so it figures she wouldn’t care about how this has already alienated her from a Longhorn community that previously adored her.

    It looks like Colt might have to choke a b****

    Also, ESPN stands to lose a lot by pressing this story after signing that big Longhorn network contract, if sanctions result from any NCAA inquiries.

    Can’t we find anybody that is married to a Sooner that wants to inadvertently blab & snitch on a national radio show?

    Hook ‘Em.

  39. polegojim says: Jun 8, 2011 1:22 PM

    The official witchhunt has begun.
    No place better than the bible belt for some burning at the NCAA stake.

    Don’t let that drawl fool you, Texans are ‘friendly like a fox’. Some pretty smart good ole boys down there in Austin.

    Embarrassment for Texas and the McCoy’s

    At what point do you discuss with your wife what might and might not be appropriate to talk about in public…like maybe…while your still DATING?

    At what point might your wife think….MAYBE I ought to run this by Colt before calling a TALK SHOW?

    Result of the Blonde leading the Blonde.

    Not about being sexist… it’s about being… SMART… using DISCRETION… REASONING… COMMON SENSE… FORETHOUGHT… and not providing FODDER for every blonde joke ever told…. as she pokes her finger into the middle of her cheek and giggles.

  40. burntorangehorn says: Jun 8, 2011 1:25 PM

    This is ridiculous. She didn’t say anyone received improper benefits, or even imply it. She said that Colt was able to walk right past people, but she didn’t say the teammates actually took anything.

    Was she careless with her words? Yes. Did she say anything damning? No. I’ll eat my words if anything comes of this Baylor Bear girl’s words.

  41. burntorangehorn says: Jun 8, 2011 1:35 PM

    cleanslaton:

    I’m not concerned about snitching. If there were actually violations she saw–which I am confident there are not–then that is on the program, not on her.

    Those who speak ill of snitches are idiots. They’d rather let people get away with doing the wrong thing than see justice served.

  42. burntorangehorn says: Jun 8, 2011 1:39 PM

    lakesidegator says:
    Jun 8, 2011 9:05 AM
    Which one is Colt’s wife. If it’s the yellow blonde, I’ll take dibs on the other one.
    ===============================
    The “other one” is Colt’s mother. Seriously.

    See if this changes your mind. I’ll understand if it doesn’t, but it never hurts to be more informed on an issue.

  43. Deb says: Jun 8, 2011 2:44 PM

    @tomosbornesretirement …

    You’ve got to take yourself out of the equation, my friend. I went through a lot of hardships getting my degree and even put in all kinds of insane hours working gratis for the school. And this economy is especially difficult for the publishing industry.

    But the university did not make billions off my back that were used to fund more than a dozen other programs. I got what I paid for–and so did you. That’s the difference. It’s not about what we went through as students; it’s about the $$$$$$ these players bring to the university and what they get in return. Unfortunately, for many, it is not close to an equal exchange. They don’t make the pros, they don’t get a usable education–through no fault of their own–and they don’t even get a stipend for meals. But the university gets billions by making a lot of pie-in-the-sky promises. It’s wrong.

    This will soon be a moot argument because there are now court challenges to the notion that you can exploit young players for billions without appropriate compensation. Change is coming.

  44. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Jun 8, 2011 4:03 PM

    The only change should be an NFL minor league. Or remove the student from “student athlete”. In which case the sport should be separated from the school, as it is no longer there for “student”-athletes. It is there as a professional minor league.

    And you stated it perfectly. They are getting the same opportunity I got. They get it for free. I paid for it. They want more. I say piss off.

  45. Deb says: Jun 8, 2011 6:10 PM

    @tomosbornesretirement …

    They’re not getting the same opportunity you got. A lot of these players don’t have the intellectual capacity and/or academic prep to benefit from a degree program. You could stick me in front of an engine and put a wrench in my hand, but with no prep, I wouldn’t be able to rebuild a car. With no prep, these kids aren’t ready to enter a degree program. Many, if not most, of them have been advanced for their athletic prowess, not their academic skills. And they didn’t just wake up one morning with that ability. They honed it as surely as we have our academic skills. Being an elite athlete requires years of discipline, dedication, and sacrifice that continue through college and certainly into the pros.

    They don’t have time for jobs, nor are they encouraged to take jobs. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re forbidden to take jobs. They spend hours practicing and working out. And they’re required to maintain a certain academic level.

    Do you say “piss off” to those on academic scholarships who get their educations for free? No, of course not. And some of them wind up on Wall Street making 10 times a football player’s salary for doing work that screws the economy and has no societal value. At least football is entertaining.

    All this nastiness spewing all over these sites is reserved for athletes because you guys are determined that they’re getting paid millions to do what you all used to do on the vacant lot behind your house: play games. There’s no recognition of the work involved in being an athlete or of the fact that a single injury or being a nanosecond slower than the next guy wipes out the dream and sends them back to the projects with no hope of paying for an education themselves or qualifying for an academic scholarship. I had to quit school for a year and a half for medical reasons, but school was still waiting when I recovered. It probably would have been over for an athlete knocked back like that.

    It’s not about wanting more. It’s about being paid in accordance with the revenue they generate. It’s their due. I don’t care if some of them act like entitled jackasses. All kinds of people think they’re better than others for all kinds of stupid reasons. They’ll get a rude awakening when they meet their Maker–and probably long before then when the crowds die down. But no matter how badly they behave, you still have to give them their due.

  46. sportlo says: Jun 8, 2011 6:32 PM

    I laugh at people who think “playing” collegiate sports is “Easy” or fun. All you see is the TD’s on saturdays and have no idea the preperation it took for you to see that 3 hour game, many of you wouldn’t last through warm-ups much less a contest. Trust me, going to college and turning Pro by any means is NOT the “Easy way out”.

    The bottom line is that these schools are generating in-concievable money from these so called “Student-Athletes” who are not legally able to accept $1.00 from anyone, the school and the BS BOWL committees can generate millions but let one of the those athletes get caught with a $1.00 that’s their whole season and career. WOW.

    Capitalism at it’s finest and purest form.

    And then we wonder why our economy is the way it is…

  47. southernpatriots says: Jun 8, 2011 7:08 PM

    sportlo: We completely agree with your assessment of the plight of the college athlete that is making so much money for his school and in the specific reference to college football players is making the money for all the Title IX and lesser sports programs as well as subsidizing academics and building programs at the school.

    However, this problem cannot be laid at the lap of our market economy but rather with some “old” minded administrators and NCAA execs, which may well have to change their rules very soon, if any of the law suits filed receive any favorable judgments. Most the economic mess we are in today has nothing to do with the economic system we enjoy as the envy of the world, but rather in politicians who meddle with it and try to manipulate it, along with the greed of some on both sides of the labor issue.

    Change often comes slowly but we hope there will be change in college athletics soon. There are many voices including some coaches and many fans calling for it, as a majority are also are calling for Div. 1-A playoffs.

  48. sportlo says: Jun 8, 2011 7:34 PM

    southernpatriot: Im in agreement with your choice of the blame but unless we are governed by robots with no alterior motives, there will always be corruption in the high ranks where decisions are made.

    Humans cannot resist the temptation for power and greed. And everday in the News a brand new situation arises where someone has abused their power rather it be for monetary gain,sex,promotion etc. We as people are too corrupt and when you add the element of millions of dollars alot of people lose their rationale and ethics with hopes of padding their accounts.

  49. southernpatriots says: Jun 8, 2011 8:08 PM

    sportlo: You are quite correct. All my career I dealt with human nature in some of its worse manifestations. Lust for money is truly the root of all evil as the Word of God clearly states. It is for that, and other important factors, that we have chosen Christ Jesus to help us overcome these baser tendencies and give us a loving and giving heart to help those in need, rather that just enrich ourselves. There is hope to “resist the temptation for power and greed” –our choice is the Blessed Hope–Jesus. Apart from him, we would succumb to our lower nature.

    We see this higher nature of people at work during crises such as the one we and all of our family and friends are facing at this time, the back flooding of the Mighty Mississippi throughout central south Louisiana. We experienced the great self-sacrifice of wonderful people during the Katrina aftermath and also during the recent tornado storm destruction throughout the South.

    In Louisiana, we have experienced politics and government that has often been the best someone could buy. Only in recent years have we seen at least some people who want to serve and not be served. There is hope.

  50. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Jun 9, 2011 9:48 AM

    Deb

    “There’s no recognition of the work involved in being an athlete…”

    This sentence can be tossed out the window when talking with me. I have 17 years coaching experience, 12 of which as a varsity coach. My sport (playing/coaching) was soccer, not football, for full disclosure.

    I’ve been playing regularly for over 30 years, I am fully capable of appreciating the hard work that it takes to achieve success on the athletic field.

    What are colleges and universities? They are places of higher learning. If these students are incapable of learning then they should not be in college. Which goes back to my above post about removing the game from the school, as these players are not students.

    And as far as being angry at folks on academic scholarships, no I’m not pissed at them. I don’t see them crying that they deserve a portion of the income generated by research. I’m sure many of those students are assisting professors who are involved in research, yet they are not griping about the difficulties of college life.

    I also don’t usually see valedictorians getting to “test drive” up to 8 cars at any point in their college career.

    And if these D1 players cannot look at the numbers and realize that their actual chance of succeeding at the pro level is quite small, then it is not my fault that they choose not to take advantage of the opportunity granted them. And don’t cry to me about them not being prepared for collegiate studies, EVERY program has a tutor and instructional system set in place to help these kids, including scheduled mandatory study times. I am sure there are quite a few students on campus who would benefit from such a service.

    I have no problem with you paying them, but at that point the game needs to be removed from the school period.

  51. edgy says: Jun 9, 2011 11:42 AM

    tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says:

    ***********

    One of the reasons why I’m pushing to eliminate ALL impediments to going to the pros is so that colleges get the guys that will spend more time there. All that the baseball rule did was give the schools 2 years of players and the NBA rule made one-and-done the rule and not the exception (and if it wasn’t for the labor situation, more guys would have jumped this year). If they just let these guys jump to the pros then the guys that do go to college will spend more time at school because they’re likely not going to be among the elites that would be taken in the lottery or even the first round.

    Colleges should push the NFL to create their own farm system and remove the guys from these schools that are more likely to command big money from the boosters from the equation and work with the ones that would be more likely there for an education and tie grant money to any future penalties and require them to pay back money if they are responsible for any sanctions that the school gets because of them. Hell, maybe even have an autograph session after every game and all players would get XXX dollars per game to do so and everyone shares equally in the booty to give all the kids a chance for extra spending money (allow this for all sports).

  52. chiefagc5675 says: Jun 10, 2011 12:11 PM

    spreadthecheese
    “When you get caught speeding do you tell the cop everyone else is speeding too?”

    Not exactly- but i did tell a cop who stopped me for speeding that I wasn’t gaining on anyone- and he let me go with a warning.
    He realized it wasn’t right to ticket me when everyone WAS speeding.

  53. Deb says: Jun 10, 2011 5:45 PM

    @tomosbornesretirement …

    Fine, take Division I football out of universities … and all the money that goes with it. I’m sure all the academic programs that also benefit financially from having major sports programs would be thrilled.

    I’ll politely refrain from commenting on how your soccer-coaching experiences translate to you understanding the commitment of American football players. The risks of the games aren’t exactly comparable. And unless you coach at the World Cup level, neither is the commitment.

    Yes, those poor little researchers … who go on to charge millions for cancer treatments … to work for pharmaceutical companies that charge $2,000 for a 30-day supply of pills for an American that are sold for $10 in Mexico and Canada. I guess they might chip a nail at the keyboard, but it won’t cost them their career. They’re looking forward to a big guaranteed payday. What do they have to complain about?

    I’m still hearing contempt for football players just because they are football players. Won’t work on me.

  54. southernpatriots says: Jun 11, 2011 1:44 AM

    Deb: You are so right…if you take Div. 1 football out of the respective universities, then there will be few other athletic programs at those universities as well. Div. 1 football revenues and profits fund all Title IX women’s programs, most other programs with the exception of basketball at some universities and baseball at others (LSU with an average of 10,000 fans per game for the past 10 years) and a few other isolated very successful programs.

    Also, the football revenues and profits subsidize academics at many schools, as well as help reduce the huge inflationary increases in tuition and costs of an education. With the new windfall revenues from tv contracts, this revenue increase generated primarily by football at these universities is not decreasing.

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