Another One Bites The Dust

Louisville took an unusual step today and self-imposed a one year postseason ban on its mens basketball program. I say unusual, because while this happens frequently in Division 1 basketball, I can’t recall it happening when a team actually had a shot at winning a title. Louisville is 2nd in the ACC right now and #19 in the country. They beat #2 UNC Monday night, snapping a 12-game winning streak in the process with a dominating defense. This is a good team, unlike Syracuse last year, which did the same thing. Now, this may be because the allegations are disgusting-using prostitutes to entice players to come to Louisville. And the timing is interesting. I can’t help but notice that the biggest sports event of the year is Sunday, so dumping this news on the Friday before it seems like smart PR, but it is still a notable event.

But this is merely a band-aid in the sham that is major college recruiting. The vast majority of these kids are getting taken by a system which chews them up and spits them out. The idea that coaches and administrators are interested in educating their players is laughable. They want players to stay eligible and provide them with A-level effort on the field/court. That’s it. Oh, and those coaches and administrators make a bundle off of those efforts.

Here’s a fun little exercise. Who do you think is the highest-paid employee of most states? In almost all of them it isn’t the governor. It isn’t the governor in almost every case, it’s a coach for an athletic team. And, they don’t really even need to be a powerhouse. Here’s Massachusetts’ data which shows that in 2014 the two highest paid state employees were the UMass Basketball coach and the UMass football coach. Your tax dollars at work!

It is time to abolish the NCAA, pay the players their share of the profits and get rid of this absurd idea that this is amateur sports. College sports are the minor leagues for basketball and football. Let’s stop pretending they are anything else.

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  • blmeanie  On February 7, 2016 at 10:33 am

    get rid of endowments too! I read somewhere that Harvard would never have to charge another student tuition again, that their endowment would cover it ($37B growing at 12% a year). next year I will have two in college, yikes!

    • nysportsfanatic  On February 7, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      Harvard did make it free for any student attending with less than 100k/ year in family income. That’s what all the big endowment colleges should do. And alumni who give to those colleges should redirect their contributions to places that have bigger needs.

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