No don't pay the players...they are college students. Problem is when these things come up NCAA is spineless and NEVER drops the hammer (minus SMU in mid 1980s). Schools know they'll get a slap on the wrist and pay no consequences.
Yea, them. And if some booster wants to give a football player a yacht to choose to go to Alabama, let them.
You cannot be serious
I am 100% serious. Why should I care if these players are accepting gifts? If some moron is dumb enough to give a kid a new SUV to go run around a field wearing a particular uniform I don't see the problem (other than people trying to prevent that from happening).
I have posted in the past that the power conferences should simply withdraw from the NCAA and pay the players a salary as they are a minor league to the NFL.
If the players also wish to become actual students, they can pay their tuition, room and board from their salaries. If they just choose to play and not be a student, so be it. If they choose to leave after a year or a semester or whatever, their contracts with the school (no NLI needed) would dictate their freedom to do so.
For actual academic institutions, keep the current scholarship situation.
Essentially tier college football to real college football vs. minor league professional football. That's what we have now, we just don't call it that.
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No problem if you support bribes and criminal behavior, I guess. Is that your point?
We have courts for that. Somehow you crossed from compensating/rewarding/etc. players to select particular schools and presumably play to win, to rigging the competition so some guys who fix boxing matches can branch out. Those are wildly different things. And even if the competition did get compromised it's ripe for it because high-level college sports are already morally and ethically bankrupt--it's not like rigging games would be a fall from grace. We don't see professionals making millions throwing games because they have a lot to lose. Now, a kid only playing at the highest college level because he needs to develop a little bit more before the NBA will take him? Yea, he might. And I don't blame him when he's out there watching a multi-billion dollar entertainment industry milk him while can't afford his own jersey in the school bookstore.