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Its necessary for college football to exist

Posted on: August 8, 2018 at 12:51:13 CT
FIJItiger MU
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Today, much of the NCAA’s moral authority—indeed much of the justification for its existence—is vested in its claim to protect what it calls the “student-athlete.” The term is meant to conjure the nobility of amateurism, and the precedence of scholarship over athletic endeavor. But the origins of the “student-athlete” lie not in a disinterested ideal but in a sophistic formulation designed, as the sports economist Andrew Zimbalist has written, to help the NCAA in its “fight against workmen’s compensation insurance claims for injured football players.”

“We crafted the term student-athlete,” Walter Byers himself wrote, “and soon it was embedded in all NCAA rules and interpretations.” The term came into play in the 1950s, when the widow of Ray Dennison, who had died from a head injury received while playing football in Colorado for the Fort Lewis A&M Aggies, filed for workmen’s-compensation death benefits. Did his football scholarship make the fatal collision a “work-related” accident? Was he a school employee, like his peers who worked part-time as teaching assistants and bookstore cashiers? Or was he a fluke victim of extracurricular pursuits? Given the hundreds of incapacitating injuries to college athletes each year, the answers to these questions had enormous consequences. The Colorado Supreme Court ultimately agreed with the school’s contention that he was not eligible for benefits, since the college was “not in the football business.”

The term student-athlete was deliberately ambiguous. College players were not students at play (which might understate their athletic obligations), nor were they just athletes in college (which might imply they were professionals). That they were high-performance athletes meant they could be forgiven for not meeting the academic standards of their peers; that they were students meant they did not have to be compensated, ever, for anything more than the cost of their studies. Student-athlete became the NCAA’s signature term, repeated constantly in and out of courtrooms.
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     FBI evidence now allowed for NCAA investigations - SuperTone MU - 8/8 15:42:05
          During the last time ku was on major probation, which - FIJItiger MU - 8/8 16:21:05
               Pompeo will not let kpuke down, he's not a grad but is more - tigertix MU - 8/8 17:25:10
          It's pretty dumb that it hasn't been allowed prior to now. - tgr MU - 8/8 15:59:34
     RE: Huge changes to college basketball. - lhs MU - 8/8 15:33:00
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          I think that will happen a lot less often than you are - tgr MU - 8/8 12:36:17
               It's the first concern that arises by those covering this - alwaysright MU - 8/8 19:39:36
                    They will use the combine - wu-tangtiger MU - 8/8 20:40:21
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          That's what I'm wondering too......(nm) - tigersfan MU - 8/8 12:31:22
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          I agree with this. Raise admission standards across the - alwaysright MU - 8/8 19:40:45
          I couldn't agree with you more. The one and done - *M* KC - 8/8 14:06:43
               See: Brandon Jennings, Mitchell Robinson(nm) - MidMoBaller4Life MU - 8/8 14:51:16
          They need to quit pretending it's about students. It's not - tgr MU - 8/8 12:43:07
               Its necessary for college football to exist - FIJItiger MU - 8/8 12:51:13
          100% agreement,would greatly improve the college bb product(nm) - FIJItiger MU - 8/8 12:25:19
          They are free to go and try to do that - MidMoBaller4Life MU - 8/8 12:23:15
               Not if they can't qualify or accept improper benefits - FIJItiger MU - 8/8 12:27:42
                    "Improper" is relative. - zodiac6 JC - 8/8 14:24:20
                         As I said above, ending the charade then - FIJItiger MU - 8/8 14:37:27
                              "They have to figure out a way" - zodiac6 JC - 8/8 15:07:19
                    Uh, it wouldn't pertain to those obviously - MidMoBaller4Life MU - 8/8 12:38:16
                         Think about a guy like Ben Mclemore - FIJItiger MU - 8/8 12:48:24
                              That is a completely different issue - MidMoBaller4Life MU - 8/8 12:50:04
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          No see my note on agents below (nm) - wu-tangtiger MU - 8/8 11:55:26
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          Amazing amount of time to be allowed to be out of - Rabbit Test MU - 8/8 12:18:38
     changes to recruiting calendar - wu-tangtiger MU - 8/8 11:45:30
     more about agents - wu-tangtiger MU - 8/8 11:42:06
          I cannot see that going well - raskolnikov MU - 8/8 12:28:59
          That make more sense(nm) - DevilsAdvocate MU - 8/8 11:49:24
     Interesting. I don't see the part about the elite players(nm) - MidMoBaller4Life MU - 8/8 11:42:05
     How do you define elite players?(nm) - DevilsAdvocate MU - 8/8 11:40:56
          yes, this (nm) - TigerJackSwartz MU - 8/8 14:34:59

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