Originally Posted by 15fan
So let me get this straight.
Ryan Mallett will now (a) have the option (b) to spend a 5th year in college (c) on someone else's dime (d) as QB on the football team (e) at a big state school.
What an awful, abominal, egregiously unjust sentence to force upon a young man between the ages of 18-22.
I went to the University of Toledo's Law School on a full ride (aka someone else's dime). At any point, I was free to leave and pursue my studies at a different school. If I'd have decided I wanted to leave, I don't think Dean Closius would've gone to the mat to keep me enrolled at UT Law.
I don't see a single legitimate why athletes should be treated any differently than regular students in that regard. The only reason is to perpetuate this myth that the NCAA wants people to buy into that football factory schools are about "education first" and athletics second.
Which makes perfect sense, considering ESPN always puts up the graduation rate of a coach next to his career winning percentage on the graphic at the start of the game.
So, let's be honest for a brief second: football is going to be Ryan Mallett's livelihood. The choice of where he plays football (and what coach he plays football for) can have a direct impact on his ability to pursue that at a later date. It will almost certainly have an impact on his national exposure, draft status, and future earnings. I guess he should just take it on the chin and lose a year of his life because a new coach comes in decides to install the Power-I and de-emphasize the passing game. But, it's cool -- he's BMOC, going for free, and gets a 5th year on your dime.
Big time college athletics are businesses. Pure and simple. The sooner we all just agree on that, agree that we enjoy the product they present, and agree that it isn't worth trying to kid ourselves, the better off we'll all be. Hopefully, once we come to this grand epiphany, we can lop off some of the stupid rules that seem designed to disguise that reality. And, hopefully, we allow the workers in said business (the players) to start realizing some of, or at least having some control over, the vast wealth they provide for others.
If that bothers people, then maybe it's time public university sports programs were re-evaluated at a national level to ensure that they're still compatible with the goals of higher education that the taxpayers are paying. Maybe it's not OK to let coaches under contract to the government breach those contracts for no good reason other than his ambition or boredom. Maybe it's not OK to let state institutions hoard athletic profits for themselves while other state institutions struggle to make budget. Maybe it's not OK to tolerate futility in the classroom or grant academic waivers to kids just because they're good at hitting a blocking sled.
Money talks, so I'm not going to hold my breath on the latter scenario.