I’m switching areas…

…to football.

-Posted by Tyler

  1. Division I football coaches create value — more value than nearly all scholars or researchers. The salary figures attest to this, numerically. This doesn’t bother me, but I acknowledge the irony of paying the coach $1 million and merely offering a free education to, for example, Reggie Bush, whose USC jersey sold like hot cakes — #5!

    One way to look at it: if getting a better job to make more money — this blatant desire for inequality, in a sense — did not require education, I would be out of a job.

  2. I would have to agree that the coaches create value for the university. Yet, I am unsure whether or not they create more value than the many students who actually go to the school for an education and base their decision upon academic value at a university. Coaches bring in money not from students for the most part but rather alumni who pay for season tickets, which I would also concede does a good deal for universities. Yet, what about those alumni who really are unconcerned about the level athletic standing of the schools team? They give money to the university to help the academic side which they benefited from. I may be a dreamer in thinking that most people go to college to get a degree which leads to a good job or at least the chance at a better life and athletics plays little into their decision of which school to attend.

    When speaking of someone like Reggie Bush or the other high profile college players I do not think they choose a school based upon academic merit. Most people in such a position are really not very concerned about their education; except maybe as a fall back if they get injured during their college career. Reggie Bush and others are more concerned with being at a university where they can get a lot of television exposure so the NFL scouts will take notice of them. They already know when they go to school they are going to make it to the NFL, or at least they have the aspiration to make it and are less concerncered about other isssues (i.e. an education). I would actually suggest paying college players something for their efforts since they do bring in crowds and money to the university. Yet it is seen as a conflict of interests for a university to pay someone for sports, but apparently it’s not a problem to give them a free education (which schenka I think is quite a good deal). The issue still reamains whether or not the star athletes actually stay and finish their degree. If they do not what was the point of giving them the education? They merely wasted an opportunity to gain knowledge and prepare themselves for life after football.

    So do all star athletes even deserve their free education? Would paying them cash be a better exchange since it should be well known that they make grades in their classes but not always through the most honest of ways. I know some instances but they will not be mentioned.

    One last comment about the chart this time. I don’t think there is any problem with anything but the coaches pay. Hell I would be happy to be making 40 grand a year at this point in my life, and I have a college degree and some graduate work. Yet, maybe the grad students could be getting paid better considering they have plenty of debt and are continually going further into debt.

    This post was poor but I haven’t been writing too often lately.

  3. Then we’re all agreed, athletics imbue universities with value. At first I disagreed, asking myself “what value do athletics bring to the university as a whole?” But the answer is fairly simple, students are proud of their teams and proud of their university by association. Furthermore, athletics may be a unviersity’s “face” to the public. When teams do well they get noticed and are held in high-esteem along with their home university. Universities held in high-esteem by alumni and the public are attractive and seen as a good value…

    What would change though if all athletics disappeared? *POOF* Value would have to be determined by the quality of the academics, and rightly so if you ask me.

    As a side note, Ashley Todd, Ol’ B-face, the woman who claimed an Obama supporter mugged her and carved a “B” into her face was found out to be lying. Todd is also a college republican from Texas A&M university. How will that affect my university’s VALUE?
    CORRECTION: Ashley Todd is not a college republican at Texas A&M, but rather a student at Blinn College, a local community college.

    Weckmar, what an interesting concept, paying star athletes cash… How about making them pay for their education?

  4. Just looking at the last comment I would have to agree that the star atheletes should have to pay for their education (whatever they make of it), especially if they actually got paid cash like their professional colleagues. The issue stems from the fact that a high school football player cannot go straight to the NFL. Overall it seems to be a good idea since they need time to mature, and I think the NBA also made new rules recently about drafting people straight from high school. Does anyone remember the movie Basketball? When asked if Shaq got rich playing in Orlando the answer was no. Everyone knows Shaq got rich playing in college. It is no secrect that high profile athletes get plenty of benefits besides their free education even though people won’t admit to getting paid because it violates NCAAA rules.

    I wholly agree colleges should be about the academic standards and what they offer, but it still remains a fact that sports are a huge part of many large universities. Unfortunately I don’t think this will change.

    I think that’s it (I haven’t read your most recent blog yet, but maybe I’ll have a response).

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