- Aug 27, 2011
To the bolded point: Sad but true. Schools should accommodate a kid's goal for an education. If it means making video recordings of lectures available due to scheduling issues, so be it. Pushing kids into programs that lead to degrees in which they have no interest is not beneficial to the student in student/athlete, after all, the mission of universities is the pursuit of academic studies.Overall, the NCAA has improved the academic requirements, but kids are often pushed out of classes, into others, etc. For the good of the team.
Teams making 10,20,30,40 times the 1984 revenue is the leading cause of any amateurism debate. Compounded with judge rulings of antitrust violations and the NCAA being completely incapable of defining the term Amateur? (Alston v. NCAA)
This debate is not going away.
To your next point, the debate is NOT going away, as you state. The reality is that the schools/NCAA, players, apparel/equipment companies, and the boosters (legal boosters, not the bag men) need to get together and work out the details. All parties must give a little to get a lot; which is the key purpose for working together, to arrive a better arrangement that benefits everyone.