July 24th, 2014 at 6:16 PM ^

Now that he is in the NFL, will Brian stop calling him Lou-en?  That was my biggest pet peeve with the MGoPodcasts (actually my only pet peeve).


July 24th, 2014 at 6:29 PM ^

that the whole "college football players are exploited and need to get paid" meme is bogus.  Lewan got far more out of his stay at Michigan than he put in.  Take 11.5 million (what he got AFTER his time at Michigan) and subtract what he would have gotten if he'd tried to sign with the NFL BEFORE going to Michigan (hint...that would be $0). The 11.5 million (plus whatever else he makes later in his career) is what Michigan did for him (on top of meals and lodging for his time here, and whatever educational advantages he chose to avail himself of). 

His presence here was not worth anything like that much to the program.  So who was exploited, if anyone?


July 24th, 2014 at 6:47 PM ^

So take your trolling accusations and stick them someplace else, please.   He earned the money and good for him.  I was pointing out the intellectual bankruptcy of those who claim that college football players are taken advanatge of, and that the colleges benefit far more from the association and should be giving some back. Lewan (and many others like him) certainly wasn't.


July 25th, 2014 at 10:11 AM ^

That if a player comes to college intending and wanting to get an education out of it, he has only himself to blame if he doesn't. Lots of football players and other athletes somehow manage to do it. And if they come intending to blow off the academics and put all of their chips on being a pro athlete, it's also on them if that doesn't work out and they're left with no options. A college athlete can't be deprived of an education without their compliance. What they eventually DO with that education, and how much it ends up being worth to them is also in their hands. It's a tool and an opportunity, not a guarantee, but it's an opportunity not everyone can afford.


July 24th, 2014 at 6:57 PM ^

What about the dozens of players who rarely suit up for Michigan? For every Funchess there is a Delonte Hollowell or Jack Miller. Do these guys also deserve millions of dollars? What happens when the star RB isn't performing? Does he get booted out of the school to free up money? That would be a step backwards from the 4 year scholarships the big ten recently started handing out. Don't want to play school and want to get paid now? You can play in the CFL, AFL, or overseas for basketball.