hog_heaven, on 22 January 2014 - 05:04 PM, said:
LOL... good to see you are still in douche mode.
You can try to turn it on my all you want but this is what I meant. This generation of athletes think they're too entitled. They want to get paid right now and right out of High school. Did you see the ESPN 30 for 30 "Broke"? MAKE these kids get a college degree that they can fall back on when it turns out they are not the 2% that make serious money in the pros. MAKE these kids learn how to be adults and set them up for success later in life instead of handing a 18 year old millions of dollars. God knows I would have been horrible with that money just like most everyone would be.
As far as the "making money for the institution".... shut up. And I am sure if there was a rule that forced Cam Newton to stay an extra year, you wouldn't have been crying about the rules. Imagine if Charles Barkley was a 1 and done for Auburn. College basketball as a whole was so much better in the 70s, 80s and 90s. Remember, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar didn't even play his freshman year. The greatest player in UCLA history didn't play his freshman year because they didn't play freshman.
I understand there are the stories about guys that get hurt and never get to make their money, however those stories are few and fair between and they can use their degree to earn a living just like you and me.
It's the only mode I know!
Oh, they definitely think they're entitled, just like the rest of the country does, but the thing is... They kind of ARE entitled to use their own talents and skill to make money. That's what everyone else is allowed to do.
If Cam Newton would have stayed another year we'd still be stuck with Gene Chizik, so yeah, I'd be against that 100%. Obviously I'd have loved for Greg Robinson to stay at Auburn another year instead of going into this year's draft, but the dude's family is in absolute poverty and he's going to make millions. I can't blame him for not wanting his family to live another full year in poverty so I wish him the best despite leaving us. That's the situation a lot of players are in.
I think that rookies and first year players in MLB, NBA, and NFL should be going through some serious money management classes, have a veteran mentor who is always checking up on them and what they're doing with their free time, etc. but the players who are good enough to go pro after one year or two years are the players who are going to go first or second round anyway. They're GOING to be making millions. How fair is it to look these players in the eye and say, "Hey, you know, you could be making $5 million this year, but we're not going to let you because we're going to make you play for free one more year and there's nothing you can do about it."?
Just look at Jadeveon Clowney... Do you really think he was giving it his all this year? We he playing with 100% intensity and effort every game? Hell no, he was trying to stay healthy because he knows he's going top 5 no matter what.
I think players would be SMART to get a degree that they can use after football... But do we really need the NCAA forcing them to make decisions? I don't see that as any better than the government forcing people to buy or provide healthcare or forcing people to provide for the poor via high tax rates.