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|1 year 15 weeks ago||Keep playing this level of||
Keep playing this level of defense and Atlanta is looking promising!
|1 year 16 weeks ago||I may be in the minority on||
I may be in the minority on this - but the scholarships are significant outlays by the University (read: Athletic Department) especially for out of state athletes, since the AD is paying the University listed tuition rate.
I think there is a happy medium between the "pay the athletes" and "the education is their payment", and it ties in with the suggestion of creating a trust for each athlete - deduct the cost of the scholarship from the specific athlete's trust. If they complete their 4 years eligibility and graduate, they get the surplus, and if there is a negative balance the trust is closed and there is no loss passed to the athlete. This would include changing merchandising rules to allow the names of the actual player to be sold on the jersey, with them getting a percentage of the revenue (not profit - revenue). Players not on scholarship can leverage the balance in their trust to help pay tuition.
I think this requires two things though: mandatory 4(5) year scholarships, and a means to track transfers. The 4/5-year scholarship thing I feel is and always has been something that should be required, and it would help address some of the over signing issues and also protects athletes that may be highly hyped, but not pan out as well as those that may not be hyped but become popular or elite (Kovacs).
The transfer issue is trickier - personally I think it needs to become more of a "professional" model where if player X wants to transfer from Michigan to Kentucky, they can do so, but Kentucky has to pay any negative balance in the player's trust, and any positive balance transfers with the athlete. Also - remove the 1-year wait on playing for the new school. This will absolutely discourage transfers of players, which has 2 effects (what in my mind are benefits): playing time transfers are unlikely to happen as only the elite athlete will have a positive balance in their trust; 5th year grad transfers become an expensive proposition for unproven athletes.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||685||
The D holds strong most of the day.
|2 years 39 weeks ago||Personally, I don't hate Sparty...||
I hate the Sparty fans.
In and of itself the university and their student athletes are not terrible individuals (save the actual and should be felons - ahem, Winston).
Their fans on the otherhand are absolutely insufferable. My observation living in Saginaw, MI is that outside of Ann Arbor and sections of Metro Detroit, there is a largely 2:1 fan count for Sparty, and they find the most offensive and obnoxious way about them. Every Sparty I know has been asking what kind of taunting we will be throwing their way when we win (they seem to have little faith this year) - and my response has been "none - the focus is on beating Ohio and winning the B1G" - which irks them to no end. It's clear that by continuing to show indifference toward them will be the best way to not only drive them nuts, but to continue to foster the sensation that they are little brother.