'Johnny Football' just another exploited college star

  • Article by: CHICAGO TRIBUNE TRIBUNE
  • Updated: August 29, 2013 - 8:05 PM

If you’re a fan of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel — or just see him as a good investment opportunity — you can find everything you need on eBay. It offers hundreds of items signed by the first freshman ever to win the Heisman Trophy: photos, jerseys, helmets, footballs.

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pumiceAug. 29, 13 9:54 PM

Re: "True, [athletes on scholarship] receive a free college education, but they are required to spend so much time on their sports that they can’t give nearly as much energy to their studies as they should, and many of them never graduate." So then. The honorable thing to do would be to get colleges out of the taking-advantage-of-athletes business. Let professional football and professional hockey set up minor league systems like professional baseball has. Pay the athletes for the service they provide. Let post-secondary institutions have intramural activities. Or better yet, let post-secondry institutions focus on physical education which will contribute to the lifelong health of students.

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vlombardyAug. 29, 1310:17 PM

Room, board, tuition, books and expenses at Texas A&M run $21,500 per year, which scholarship athletes receive in return for playing. As far as I know, nobody is forcing Manziel to play football, so if he feels exploited he can always become a paying student, and use his time getting an education instead of signing footballs. Many people work for their education and put in long hours for little pay preparing for a profession. If the college athletic system generates too much income, simply cut the ticket prices and everyone will be happy.

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luzhishenAug. 30, 13 7:22 AM

The costs of the NFL farm league are borne by the rest of the students, except for the handful of schools that actually turn a profit. As for the academic side, look at the Western Oklahoma State College/FSU scandal.

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davehougAug. 30, 1312:47 PM

In pro sports, let the richest team win. IF this payment to sign helmets is allowed to stand, then all college sports will bid for the best players.

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Start Moving AheadAug. 30, 13 2:13 PM

The solution is to pay players in revenue generating sports. They should be paid for grades like this: 1. They must be in a degree program & current. 2. An ‘A’ would be worth $250 per credit 3. A ‘B’ worth $200 per credit 4. A ‘C’ worth $150 5. Maybe $50 for a ‘D’ if it counts toward the degree. So getting an ‘A’ in a four credit class would be worth $1000 paid when the grades are posted. A reasonable student would get $2000 to $4000 per semester for spending money above all the benefits of a scholarship. This would be for all the athletes on the team, not just the big names.

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