Among other things, a list of proposals the Big 10 wants to see adopted:
• We must guarantee the four-year scholarships that we offer. If a student-athlete is no longer able to compete, for whatever reason, there should be zero impact on our commitment as universities to deliver an undergraduate education. We want our students to graduate.
• If a student-athlete leaves for a pro career before graduating, the guarantee of a scholarship remains firm. Whether a professional career materializes, and regardless of its length, we will honor a student's scholarship when his or her playing days are over. Again, we want students to graduate.
• We must review our rules and provide improved, consistent medical insurance for student-athletes. We have an obligation to protect their health and well-being in return for the physical demands placed upon them.
• We must do whatever it takes to ensure that student-athlete scholarships cover the full cost of a college education, as defined by the federal government. That definition is intended to cover what it actually costs to attend college.
After that dissappointing loss let's have a separate thread to differentiate this hopefully much better game from that poor showing. Game starts at 7:00 p.m on ESPN. GO BLUE!
The #5 seed Michigan Wolverines take on the #1 seed Indiana Hoosies tonight in the Big Ten Tournament. Indiana beat #8 Iowa 5-2 yesterday while Michigan beat #4 Minnesota 3-2 with a 3-run Home Run by Travis Maezes being Michigan's only source of income. Michigan has lost to Indiana twice but beaten them once. Indiana is good but Michigan can win if we play well. Brett Adcock will be on the mound for Michigan.
There's an interesting ARTICLE over at MLive where Marcus Ray, Marlin Jackson and David Cone are interviewed regarding their views on paying players. The article is hardly in-depth, but it's interesting that (apart from - rightly - noting that players ought to have compensation if their image is appropriated) they tend to view paying players as a Pandora's Box.
They generally support a bigger stipend for living expenses, but all three shy away from full employee status for student athletes for various reasons. Marlin Jackson notes that increased support for football-related injuries would be a good use of revenue:
"What about the guy who tore an ACL or had a herniated disk in college. Then, a few years down the line, he's ailing or in pain and there's nothing to take care of his surgery or his care down the road. I feel like that's maybe a bigger issue."
It's hardly a deep drill on the topic, but interesting to hear some ex-players' thoughts on a controversial issue.
The NCAA, as we know, is an unfeeling, subjectively controlling and enforcing, miserable waste of space...but they have the opportunity to do the right thing...for once.
Boise State recruit Antoine Turner is currently homeless, though the school can't do anything to help Turner until he officially arrives on campus in June.
Boise is trying to help the kid by submitting a waiver to the NCAA to allow them to assist him until he gets on campus in June. I feel for the kid and hope the NCAA grants the waiver in an expedited manner. I cannot imagine being homeless and trying to make my dream come true to play bigtime college football.
Good luck to him!
Oh, and f* the NCAA!
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