SphericalTime: $48.But that's per year, so everything's alright, right?
Gnaglor: Thus begins the slippery slope of college players getting paid (out-right) for playing sports.
Hyjamon: Just watched "Schooled" on netflix....pretty good documentary and raised some interesting points.A kid on a full-scholarship who was elected as student body president was able to receive a stipend of $5,000. I knew other students who had scholarships that were allowed to work part-time jobs. So there is a precedent for having a scholarship and receiving extra money.If we cared so much about "student" athletes, then why are the games for the final four held during the week instead of the weekend, so students don't miss so much class. Some colleges have attendance policies where if a student misses X number of classes, they are automatically withdrawn, how do student athletes get around those policies?Shouldn't amateur sports also have amateur coaches?it also mentioned that in 2006, the NBA can no longer draft high school players, I don't remember this rule change and can't seem to find a citation for it
weiserfireman: I think that we should have a program where we have amateur and professional college athletes1 Amateur - current situation, get your scholarship, get your degree, don't get any money2. Professional - have an agent, make appearance money, do advertising, but you pay for school out of your pocket. You can make money on the side, but you have to meet the same academic standards of the amateur athlete. If you put in for the NFL draft and don't get drafted, you can return to college ball as a professional. Same number of years of eligibility as an amateur athleteAn Amateur College Player can declare professional, any time they want, but a Professional can't become an amateur again.With how expensive school is, I expect that we will see a lot less professionals than we think there will be now. Other players watch their teammates declare professional and have to drop out of school a year later because they can't afford it anymore, will help them realize the true value of their scholarship.
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