Don't blame the player, blame the NCAA system
Since details of the FBI investigation into the NCAA last week exposed some “shocking” revelations about the corruption within college sports, we have seen analysts, economists and professional players offering their opinions on how to fix what is clearly a broken system.
These ideas include paying players small stipends for their
While it should be obvious by now that the multibillion-dollar corporation that does not pay its labor force needs a
Last week, as the Michigan State Spartans clinched the Big Ten title with a win over the Badgers, fans at the Kohl Center serenaded Spartans’ sophomore wing Miles Bridges with chants of “cheater.”
Bridges, a projected lottery pick this upcoming draft, saw his name surface in the recent investigation. His crime? An agent paid for a dinner with his family last year without Bridges’ knowledge.
Similarly, Florida fans threw $5 worth of money towards Auburn basketball players in the wake of a former assistant coach being named in the investigation, and two Auburn players losing eligibility.
For the sake of transparency, Auburn reported the incident so as to avoid any “controversy” from accepting cash payments. While the current Auburn players
I will be the first to admit that heckling players in sports is a part of the atmosphere and generally should not be ridiculed if it is within the grounds of social appropriateness.
However, in these instances, it seems that the fans are either willfully ignorant
Considering that Bridges has opted to stay in school and has helped his hometown in the midst of a humanitarian crisis, it wouldn’t be far off to peg him as an ideal NCAA student-athlete.
Now, after seeing his name listed in an FBI probe due to his family committing the unspeakable crime of accepting a free dinner, his eligibility was all of the sudden in question, potentially affecting his upcoming draft stock.
The 19-year-old then travels to play here in Madison and is met with chants unequivocally proclaiming him a cheater. Something about that doesn’t ring as just.
The broken system of the NCAA enables corruption on the parts of programs and agents. As long as there is a large demand for
Is it fair to lambast the coaches and crooked agents who try and scheme to acquire better players? Probably. After all, they are the ones getting paid legally.
However, with the only way of fixing this problem clearly in the form of compensating
Anger toward the overall situation should be channeled towards those who have created, upheld, and exploited the broken system, not those who provide the actual product.
Jake is a junior majoring in economics and history with a certificate in environmental studies? Do you think that college athletes should be paid? What are your thoughts on the NCAA? Does the