Re: O'Bannon v. NCAA (aka Could Ohio State go D3)
Imagine being Mack Brown. You take the university jet to visit a recruit in rural west Texas. This kid has all of the potential in the world to make the pros, but he lives in absolute squalor. His athleticism is his best opportunity to raise his family out of poverty. So, after disembarking from your jet, you talk to the kid about loyalty to the university and how it is a family atmosphere. The best thing you can offer the kid is a chance to play football at Texas and to get an education, which may lead to a professional career, may end in injury, may end because the kid isn't good enough, etc...Is the college education that kid gets going to be enough to provide his family with the help they need? How could Mack Brown (making $5.1 million dollars a year) possibly walk into that living room and leave feeling anything other than dirty offering that kid only a scholarship when the kids yearly value to the school is estimated at $510,000?
I'm not saying that college sports need to go away. There simply needs to be a reasonable alternative for kids to reach the pros and help their family along the way.
Variatio delectat - Cicero