>>NCAA should pay its players a fair salary...
>for society is
> INPUT: Sludge-brained freshmen, who can or cannot play basketball.
> OUTPUT: Citizens who can think, and maybe play basketball.
>The NCAA is doing fine by the majority of students. But for the ones who are
>scholarship athletes, there is a different environment. Not only are they
>supposed to hold down 40-hour per week jobs (as varsity athletes), but they
>are expected to conform to academic standards as well.
can't pass Tidly Winks 101? And they should get priveledges like
I realize all of the pressure they are under due to playing a *GAME*,
but some of us have to work for a living. I for one, last semester,
worked 50 - 60 hours per week and carried 12 credits of *SENIOR* level
Comp.Sci courses and did pretty damn well. Now, I am not saying that
working like that is for everybody, but working 30 hours a week,
carrying 12 credits and to be expected to get a C+/B- average in those
classes is not out of the reality. I will even go as far as to say
that they don't have to be Comp.Sci or Engineering courses :-)
>I know what my academic load is here at Illinois; I don't see how anyone could
>play basketball full time and be a student. So there is the army of tutors,
>the pressure on instructors to favor athletes, and the natural tendency of the
>athlete to forego academics in favor of bb.
Phys Ed or Undergraduate Studies and all of a sudden their 'load'
isn't so bad, is it?
>So let's remove the time constraints. Not only should an athlete get as many
>semesters as he needs to graduate, but he shouldn't have to go full time. He
>shouldn't have to go to class at all --- until he wants his degree.
can be established for football and basketball too, then the
'student/athlete' can take all his life to graduate and not take up
the money of deserving students. BTW, seriously, has any college
ever get nailed for recruiting violations in *BASEBALL*?
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