"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
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Hey, dont' look at me. I'm just a simple man who apparently draws talking woodland creatures.
Go off, enjoy the bye week, pretend that your life doesn't revolve around Michigan football, and have faith in the people whose lives do and actually should.
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The story of Will Campbell, the Jets' rookie offensive guard
“He’s a project,” guard Willie Colon said. “But he’s a project worth dealing with.”
The Michigan Daily, which has always done a great job profiling athletes from UM, has taken on the task of writing about everyone's favorite AD, and wrote an article on Dave Brandon.
So, while I was stiting here earlier, a thought occured, and I wanted to get everyone's take on it. The problem with the current model, as I understand it, is as follows:
1 - Athletes in revenue sports, such as Football, would like to recieve a cut of the revenue, but that would violate amatureism.
2- Athletes in revenue sports would like to pursue licencing, but that would violate amatureism.
3 - Many schools claim they cannot really afford to pay athletes beyond their scholarships,
4 - Paying some athleties will almost certianly raise Title IX issues.
So, here's a new thought. Why not STOP offering scholarships for revenue sports. Instead, make them INTERNSHIPS. Anyone enrolled at teh school, especially recruited athleties (headhunting is common in business, therefore not shady), can apply for one of a limited number of internship opportunities with the sport of their choosing.
Should they recieve the internship, they will recieve top quality training and support in an attempt to prepare them for a career in that sport. Note that NO internshiip guarntees you'll be hired into that business, so this is no different than a journalism major interning with a newspaper only to be hired as a tech writer at an auto manufacturer instead.
Because they're hiring intern employees, and not amatures, schools can set whatever compensation level they think fair. Enough to cover part or all of a scholarship? Maybe some extra.
Instead of having a number of ridiculous rules about practice time, etc, the intern/athletes will instead be bounded by worksplace rules on hours, compensation, etc, which are legally enforcable.
Now players with the skill and potential to get paid can get paid. Those a little lower can still get their college paid for. Nobody is an amature (recieving a scholarship to join a team), so licencing is fine. Nobody is violating Title IX, and the students are STILL Student-Athletes. I mean, who DIDN'T have an internship in college?
Delany thinks that NCAA should work with NFL and NBA to allow players to go from HS to pro or to develop academies like IMG or another league for players who want to be paid for their sports abilities or their likeness instead of having schools get involved.
Here is the weekly 4 and 1 with TomVH and Brad Galli from WXYZ 7.
The guys discuss the impact of Michigan's back-to-back close wins over lesser competition, Jashon Cornell's upcoming Final 10, a unique story from foreign recruit Hjalte Froholdt, and the 2015 class' potential ranking.