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ClayK



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PostPosted: 06/23/21 5:38 pm    ::: A modest proposal Reply Reply with quote

Make the number of athletic scholarships equivalent to the number of drama scholarships, or math scholarships, or art scholarships.

I have no idea, but let's say that's 10. (It could be five or 30, but the principle remains the same.)

Those ten could be allocated to one or two sports (you know which ones they are) or divided up among all interscholastic teams.

So how would the rest of the football roster, say, be filled?

With students. Or, really, student-athletes. Like high school football players, they would practice after school, and they would receive nothing but equipment, coaching, transportation, medical care for injuries resulting directly from the sport (not true in high school) and the joy of playing.

When Cal beat Stanford in football, it would be Cal's students who carried the bulk of the load, though obviously its scholarship star(s) would play a major role.

Would as many people watch the games under this system? Probably not, but a lot of fans still would. After all, the Cal players would be real Cal students, not hired guns looking for a free ride.

All of the pomp and circumstance of college sports would still be there, and the games would be just as exciting, at many levels -- and if you think about it, most likely just as well played. The reason? Many college football players now on scholarship would still play even if they didn't get free tuition. They would play at whatever school they could get into and afford to attend, and so the caliber of athletes would not drop off that much. After all, how many high school basketball players would play in college for free if they got to play a Pac-12 schedule?

Of course this is a fantasy, for it wouldn't take long for schools to identify and encourage athletes to enroll to make the teams better, but I think it does point out that college sports would survive even if the present system were dismantled.

And what fun it would be to have real students, living in the same dorms as everyone else, suiting up for the Big Game.



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PostPosted: 06/28/21 6:56 am    ::: Re: A modest proposal Reply Reply with quote

ClayK wrote:
Make the number of athletic scholarships equivalent to the number of drama scholarships, or math scholarships, or art scholarships.

I have no idea, but let's say that's 10. (It could be five or 30, but the principle remains the same.)

Those ten could be allocated to one or two sports (you know which ones they are) or divided up among all interscholastic teams.

So how would the rest of the football roster, say, be filled?

With students. Or, really, student-athletes. Like high school football players, they would practice after school, and they would receive nothing but equipment, coaching, transportation, medical care for injuries resulting directly from the sport (not true in high school) and the joy of playing.

When Cal beat Stanford in football, it would be Cal's students who carried the bulk of the load, though obviously its scholarship star(s) would play a major role.

Would as many people watch the games under this system? Probably not, but a lot of fans still would. After all, the Cal players would be real Cal students, not hired guns looking for a free ride.

All of the pomp and circumstance of college sports would still be there, and the games would be just as exciting, at many levels -- and if you think about it, most likely just as well played. The reason? Many college football players now on scholarship would still play even if they didn't get free tuition. They would play at whatever school they could get into and afford to attend, and so the caliber of athletes would not drop off that much. After all, how many high school basketball players would play in college for free if they got to play a Pac-12 schedule?

Of course this is a fantasy, for it wouldn't take long for schools to identify and encourage athletes to enroll to make the teams better, but I think it does point out that college sports would survive even if the present system were dismantled.

And what fun it would be to have real students, living in the same dorms as everyone else, suiting up for the Big Game.


And you would enforce this how? The NCAA cannot even stop players from being paid under the table in its current system. Then there would be the lawsuits about restricting blacks from college by removing their opportunity for athletic scholarships.... you would still have schools letting the athletes skate by taking basket weaving and comic book classes to stay eligible. Your idea does not dismantle the current system, it just takes away another way to TRY and stem the massive cheating and corruption int he system.

In the late 1890s the Purdue coach was tired of losing to Wabash, so he went to the Monon Railway Engine works and recruited 20-30 of the men working there to play football one Saturday against Wabash college. The Crawfordsville paper wrote of the game that "Purdue's Boilermakers trashed our college boys" And that is how my college got its name. Notre Dame had its football team out on a train for 4-5 months crisscrossing the country playing up to 40 games a fall but still claiming they were student athletes and not hired guns to promote the school...... These are the types of things removing the NCAA would bring back....... Your modest proposal exists in a vacuum and doesn't make any sense when compared to the massively corrupt and big money business that is collegiate athletics.



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PostPosted: 06/28/21 7:26 am    ::: Re: A modest proposal Reply Reply with quote

ClayK wrote:
Make the number of athletic scholarships equivalent to the number of drama scholarships, or math scholarships, or art scholarships.

I have no idea, but let's say that's 10. (It could be five or 30, but the principle remains the same.)

Those ten could be allocated to one or two sports (you know which ones they are) or divided up among all interscholastic teams.

So how would the rest of the football roster, say, be filled?

With students. Or, really, student-athletes. Like high school football players, they would practice after school, and they would receive nothing but equipment, coaching, transportation, medical care for injuries resulting directly from the sport (not true in high school) and the joy of playing.

When Cal beat Stanford in football, it would be Cal's students who carried the bulk of the load, though obviously its scholarship star(s) would play a major role.

Would as many people watch the games under this system? Probably not, but a lot of fans still would. After all, the Cal players would be real Cal students, not hired guns looking for a free ride.

All of the pomp and circumstance of college sports would still be there, and the games would be just as exciting, at many levels -- and if you think about it, most likely just as well played. The reason? Many college football players now on scholarship would still play even if they didn't get free tuition. They would play at whatever school they could get into and afford to attend, and so the caliber of athletes would not drop off that much. After all, how many high school basketball players would play in college for free if they got to play a Pac-12 schedule?

Of course this is a fantasy, for it wouldn't take long for schools to identify and encourage athletes to enroll to make the teams better, but I think it does point out that college sports would survive even if the present system were dismantled.

And what fun it would be to have real students, living in the same dorms as everyone else, suiting up for the Big Game.

A fantasy that already exists in a lot of Division II and III schools.


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