Jason Whitlock sees a simple solution to college football’s current state of disarray: pay the coaches in books, tuition, and “educational opportunities.”
It’s one of many novel ideas Whitlock presents in his latest Fox Sports column, in which he describes the NCAA’s current rules, regarding players and money, as a “for-profit joke disguised as a plea for integrity.” He also lamented the NCAA’s current setup, comparing it to a modern-day plantation.
To sum up the system and why Whitlock thinks it’s broken: college coaches and administrators at big time programs make millions of dollars a year. The players, however, make no money. While they do get scholarships, money for books, and room and board, Whitlock still sees an uneven playing field.
A very uneven playing field. From the Fox Sports piece:
If you read my column in late July about Reggie Bush giving back his Heisman Trophy, you know exactly how I feel about the NCAA, the college football and basketball plantations it runs and the media slave catchers who uphold outdated, unethical NCAA rules like they’re the Ten Commandments.
“There’s no one that can deny that the system is broken, that it has no integrity, that it’s corrupt,” Whitlock said. “But as long as it works for everybody, the media, as long as there’s coaches making millions of dollars, athletic administrators making millions of dollars, you know, no one objects because, ‘Hey, it works for us, who cares if it doesn’t work for the kids?'”
Whitlock designated the mainstream media’s coverage of the Newton case as “unfair.” It also sounded like he was accusing them of being lazy.
“To some degree, the mainstream media has allowed the blogs, particularly Deadspin, to lead us around by the nose.”
[Newton situation exposes NCAA — again] Fox Sports
[The Morning Jones] iTunes