Stench of Arrogance

I hope everyone had an amazing holiday Christmas.  Amidst the hustle and bustle I took a few days off posting, but I want to reach back to last week and hit the Ohio State story that I never got a chance to write about.  Five players, one of which was Quarterback Terrelle Pryor, are suspended for the first 5 games next year for selling personal Ohio State items, and accepting improper benefits.  There’s a few different aspects of this story that don’t sit well with me.  If the NCAA has enough confidence in their evidence to hand down a stiff ruling like a 5 game suspension, why would they allow these players to play in the Sugar Bowl on January 4th?  Why would one game be held in a different light or regard when we’re talking about punishment?  Apparently the NCAA is saying that because the players weren’t informed on the exact specifications of the rules, they’ll allow them to play in the bowl.  What?? Why cut the kids slack now but not next fall? There’s something fishy about that.  Just a few weeks ago the NCAA ruled Cam Newton eligible because he was unaware that his father was selling his commitment to a school for $180,000.  Both parties (Newton and the Ohio State players) claim ignorance, so why are they being handled so differently?  Besides that, with the current college football format of one loss and you’re more or less done competing for a national championship, this penalty is pretty severe considering what Pryor means to his team this year and next.   Anyway, the appeal process is surely in effect to reduce the games, and I suppose we’ll find out soon.  My question: Is what these guys did that bad?  They sold their OWN championship rings, jersey’s, and awards.  While this is a smack in the face to Buckeye fans everywhere, and surely makes me now hate Terrelle Pryor and his teammates, the fact is they owned these things.  Sure I feel Pryor and his teammates have a sickening sense of entitlement for selling their Big-10 championship rings, but don’t these grown men have the freedom of choice of what to do with their own ‘stuff’?  Why does the NCAA feel like they own these kids?  Terrelle Pryor is old enough to kill himself with cigarettes, die in a war for his country, gamble away money, buy his Dad a beer, even invest in a 401k, but he can’t sell something materialistic of his own for some money?  A bit bizarre I think.  I can understand the fundamental point of receiving improper benefits (Pryor and his boys were getting free/discounted tattoo’s in return for autographs), but I still don’t think this specific circumstance warrants the punishment they were handed by the NCAA.   Does everyone understands that these kids can’t work?  Between their academic and athletic schedules, there’s zero time or energy.  Now that’s no excuse for selling off team gear and awards, but its certainly worth mentioning.  But if the NCAA refuses to give it’s athlete’s stipends or special loans, how can they expect these situations to not happen?  It’s redundant to say, but that same NCAA has no problems collecting millions of dollars for selling Terrelle Pryor jerseys.  Hey, I’m not saying give these athlete’s a paycheck, but just don’t act surprised when the same stories of selling drugs, signatures, or championship rings keep popping up.  Who’s more arrogant in this situation:  Terrell Pryor and his teammates for selling irreplaceable items we would all nearly die to have the right to earn and keep?  Or the NCAA for stubbornly refusing to acknowledge their own problem, then slamming the kids with penalties when that problem occurs?


6 Responses to Stench of Arrogance

  1. Evan Lane says:

    The United States is one of the only countries, if not the only country, in the world where sports and education are linked. It comes from the protestant/greek idea of the scholar athlete or penuchle of the male figure which was the foundation of the earliest universities. The idea of the scholar athlete is a great thing however like many great things it has become something entirely different. At this point, in my opinion, any college athlete who receives a full scholarship is a professional athlete; especially in basketball and football. These athletes are playing their sport 40+ hours a week and although there are exceptions their sport is their first priority. In addition, they are turning their school huge profits. Even in Division 2 basketball for example, the players have full scholarships and each school receives $30,000 each time it advances in the NCAA tournament. At least that was the case when I played. Thats big time money. The players get a free education and many other advantages however this still leaves them short financially in comparison to what they contributed and earned. Might I add that education is a right and the very fact tuition averages $30,000 a year is an infringement on our human rights. Since when should you have to be wealthy to be educated. Thats how they kept the slaves oppressed. So at any rate, back to my point, Scholarship athletes get the short end of the stick when compared to athletic directors, college administrations, and especially the NCAA. They sacrifice their body and time only to gain an education which is free in every other country anyway. Also, in many cases based on the advice of the college the athletes take the major of least resistance and after their four years are left with a physical skill they spent 15 years developing and can not use any more and a degree which leads to very small and limited job opportunities. If it were not for the NCAA, the different levels encompassed by the NCAA would be different levels of pro sports which the players could play until they retire and could benefit from financially. THE NCAA IS TO SPORTS AS GOVERNMENT IS TO WAR; OLD MEN BENEFITTING WHILE YOUNG MEN SACRIFICE. The worse part is that people just assume thats the way it should be and don’t even stop to think about the injustices imposed on schools and players. So needless to say I’m all for it, go ahead and sell what you earned young men. These players will have the memory and satisfaction of that championship their whole lives and eternity. You can’t take rings to the afterlife.

  2. michael s says:

    ncaa blows they would suspend players for having a garage sale selling old stuffed animals. i agre with what Tim said they use these kids, play high and mighty when suspending them and then don’t have a thing to say about all the money they make OFF them. hey how come the ncaa didnt return all the money they made from reggies bush’s season?? They sure loved voiding that season and his heisman but they loved keeping all the $$$ they made more. don’t let this corrupt organization fool you.

  3. Tim says:

    The NCAA is a fuckin joke…they use these kids like pryor just like a rubber, use it while u can, then toss it away and get another just like it

  4. hot rod says:

    What happened to the fourth choice in the poll? – suspend the Ohio State players immediately.

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