A Hurricane Sweeps through D1 Programs!

Posted: August 17, 2011 by RenzReport in College Football

In light of Yannick’s recent post entitled “Aggiely Ever After???” it’s only fitting that we switch gears from Conference talk (cause we know 4 conferences are only a matter of time away) to discuss the matter of players receiving financial benefits from boosters while in school.

This post is in reference to the recent developments discovered about the University of Miami’s football program from 2002 – 2010.  Within the past 8 years, 72 former and current University of Miami student athletes have received improper benefits from former UM booster Nevin Shapiro.

Shapiro, who is currently incarcerated for his role in a $930 million Ponzi scheme, goes into details about how he provided millions of dollars in benefits to athletes in the following story.  Can we say Death Penalty? (Although highly unlikely in my opinion)

Across the nation, within the majority of Division 1 programs, athletes are receiving the royal treatment in the form of cars, clothes, cash, strippers, abortions, boat parties and much more!  To me it’s a disgrace, but the NCAA is a multi-billion dollar operation and the schools themselves are making millions from student athletes.  These students are treated as athletes first and students second.  From the moment they step on a college campus they are treated as source of school revenue.  The student athletes see this as their minor league to the professional ranks due to the treatment they receive.  But can we truly blame these teenagers for this behavior.

We all remember what it was like being college students.  We remembered the days when we would try to swindle our way to get into events free, when we would only go to a group meeting if free food was provided and when we would only go to that off-campus party if we bummed a ride from someone.  As college students we find our way to manipulate and get the most out of what we have which is many situations close to nothing.  So these student athletes are no different.  They’re trying to take advantage of all that they can receive, although THEY KNOW it’s wrong and can get the program and the student in a lot of trouble in they became too hot in the matter—factor of the matter, you’re hoping that 18-22 year olds can be smart about the situation, but know coaches and boosters have to be just as smart – smart enough their mouth shut in this new age society in sports where snitching is accepted.

Many of the top programs in the nation are under pressure to win, win and win!  Administrators from the Athletic Director to the Head Coaches are making millions to build and maintain a powerhouse program.  The Athletic Directors and Head Coach positions are on the line to win immediately and to produce a championship caliber team within 3-5 years.  For many programs this is a difficult task, especially when new coaches always have to bring in the kind of the players that will fit into their style of play.  Rich Rodriquez for example, was not successful at Michigan because he wasn’t able to recruit the type of players he needed to win fast enough.  Rodriquez tried to convert Michigan’s traditional pro-style offense into a spread offense.

While athletic programs are measured by their wins, they’re also measured by their ability to fly under the radar while keeping the program’s nose clean.  Running a clean program is beneficial in recruiting and maintaining a programs prestige.  But in recent year’s school are being sought after by the NCAA for infractions.  Over the course of the past 18 months, the NCAA has investigated and sanctioned 8 athletic programs.  This is slowly the start of a trend and has raised the question as to whether athletes should be paid because what’s being done under the table is ruining many of the top programs in the nations.

The NCAA has a trickle down impact that reaches all the way down to the players.  The NCAA gets big money for television rights for the BCS Bowl games for football and the NCAA Tournament for basketball.  Programs earn big money by making it to bowl games and getting deeper into the tournament.  Programs pay high dollar to coaches to get teams into these games and boosters pay big money to recruits to get them to go the top schools.

What will it take to end this madness?  In my opinion, this is just the beginning!

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Comments
  1. deedeestonz says:

    Abortions though?!?! ummm…okay. I am not surprised at all at these developments (outside of the bounties to injure players…like really? who does that?!?!) considering the talent that has come through the Miami program over the indicated time period. It seems like everybody is itching to become the right hand of these kids with extraordinary talent in hopes of getting a big payoff when they reach the pros…what is to blame for this though? Should we blame the strict NCAA rules or the outrageous professional contracts? Money is the root of all of this controversy only when they make it a non-factor will this end. The NCAA is just as guilty as any bootlegger too! “Student” athletes drove around in nice cars and lived in the best housing because SOMEBODY was padding their pockets a little bit and while the NCAA may consider this legal it only feds an athletes inferiority complex and sets them up to want and EXPECT even more!

  2. RenzReport says:

    Who do we blame? That’s the million dollar question? And I think it starts at the top (the NCAA) and what it does is trickle down all the way to the players. At the end, everyone was is getting something out of it from the NCAA, the University, Coaches & Administrators, the Boosters and last the players and their families!

  3. LBC says:

    Remember on ESPN the current running back from USC was caught on TMZ saying “USC” stands for University of Southern Ballers. Disregard his lack of actual intelligence for a moment, and see that he said that yes USC is paying him that bread!!!!

    It starts at the top the NCAA needs to hold themselves accountable and realize they cannot use this players to make millions and not do something to compensate the athletes (besides free education). Athletes feel exploited so they are all about someone feeding their pockets regardless of legality issues.

  4. RenzReport says:

    Athletes should feel exploited because they are to accept football as a full-time job and not as an extra-curricular activity the school offers. Yes, a lot goes into these varsity level team sports but outside of that, athletes are handcuffed from doing anything other than learn the playbook. Jemele Hill suggested today for the NCAA to allow these players to market themselves. To allow them to sell their merchandise for profit, to allow them to charge fees for autographs, but I’m sure that would create something in itself.

    At the end of the day, I can’t see University’s paying anything significant to players for their services. Think of it as the check you receive for your work study. Therefore, this was continue to be a problem for the NCAA and more cases of USC, OSU and Miami will come to fold in the years to come…let’s just hope it’s none of the teams we support!

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