Drew’s Morning Dish — Wed., August 7

August 07, 2013 | Drew Forrester

I sure hope he gets the boot.  For good.  If Manziel is ruled ineligible for Texas A&M, it’s potentially a program crusher for them in the short term.  They’ll recover, because they’re in a college football hotbed, but if Manziel isn’t on the field this year, Texas A&M’s season goes in the tank.  Pretty nice way to treat the school who gave you a scholarship, huh?

Johnny Football wants to make money — let him wander off to the NFL and tee it up with the varsity.  Then we’ll see how good he REALLY is, right?

It’s guys like Johnny Manziel who taint college athletics but, at the same time, remind us that about 95% of the “kids” (that’s what the defenders will call Johnny Boy — as in, “he’s just a kid…he doesn’t really know what he’s doing when he’s taking that money”) are doing it right.  The 95% who are getting some scholarship money and following the rules and protocols set up for all college athletes are the ones we should be focused on the most.  They’re the ones who realize the true value of their education.  They’re the ones who likely wouldn’t dare “step over the line” and endanger their status on the team or in the classroom because they actually have the one thing that seems to be missing more and more these days as we all witness the sagging nature of “the American People”:  personal accountability.

The rules in place say one can’t accept money in exchange for “anything” related to their status as a collegiate athlete.

And again, this is NOT an argument about whether or not the rules set forth by the NCAA are “right”…I don’t think speed cameras are “right”, but when I get the notice in the mail, I send my money in with gritted teeth because those are the rules.

So, because college athletics have rules rules, 95% of the athletes follow them.

Johnny Manziel figured those rules didn’t apply to him.

Strangely enough — and this is another reason why our country is on rocky ground — we spend more time and energy trying to “fix” the issue that’s bothering the 5% who break the rules rather than simply say to those creeps, “Hey, goof ball, 95% of the student athletes are with the program…they follow the rules…they value their education…they’re not cheating the system.  We’d rather applaud them and try to make their time at school better rather than spend time trying to appease you because you’ve decided the rules aren’t fair.”

For a nation that follows college sports as closely as we all do, I’m shocked at how little the people who follow it actually know about how it all works from a business standpoint.

The knee-jerk response anytime a college athlete gets caught with his hand in the cookie jar is the obvious one:  “Those schools are making boatloads of money off of the athletes…that’s wrong.  The athletes should get a piece of that.”

Maybe they should.

And maybe you should also get a grip on how college sports works, too.

Take this little test, if you would, by answering the following questions:

1. Who pays for the annual maintenance on the stadium, fields and arena on the college campus?

2. Who pays the water bill and the electrical bill on those college athletic facilities every month?

3. Who pays for the health insurance and medical coverage provided to the athletes?

4. Who employs the coaches and the trainers and the equipment people?

5. Who buys the airline tickets and/or bus travel for the athletes to travel to away games?

6. Who pays the ticket takers at the athletic facilities?  The parking attendants?  The ushers?

7. Who pays for the assistant coaches and other staff members who do recruiting?

8. Who puts up the money for the merchandise that’s christened with the school logo?

9.  Who buys the food that is sold at the concession stands?

10. Who pays for the rooms at the Westin, Hyatt, Marriott, etc. when the teams travel?

11. Who reimburses the school for academic aides, tutors, etc.?

12. Who employs the marketing guy/gal who sells sponsorships for the various teams?

13. Who pays for every piece of equipment?  Helmets, bats, bases, basketballs, lacrosse goals?

That’s the end of Part One of the quiz.

If you answered:  “The School” for each of those 13 questions above, give yourself an “A” and move on to Understanding College Sports 201.

If you answered anything other than “The School” for any of those questions, you failed the quiz.

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10 Comments For This Post

  1. Craig from Abingdon Says:

    Heard a great quote last night, ” College is for LEARNING how to make money, not making money” All that kid had to do is keep his nose clean and he would have all the endorsement contracts and a top pick in the NFL. Now he’ll be lucky if he can get a back-up job for the Toronto Argonauts or a arena team, it’s a shame really…

  2. Ruben Says:

    I pretty much agree with 97% of what you posted. My gripe is medical coverage after the student athlete’s eligibility is up. As I understand the rules, if a kid suffers a crippling injury playing or praticing his/her sport, the school picks up his health costs while he/she is eligible. Once that’s done, the former athlete is on their own since workman comp does not apply. If the injury is severe enough and the kid is eligible for SSI, that is he is unable to be gainfully employed because of his injury, he then is eligible for Medicaid. Which means the taxpayers ultimately foot the medical bill for the rest of his life.

  3. Steve from Sandpoint Says:

    Put a fork in this kid, he’s done. And no, speed cameras are not right & either is 3.70 for a gallon of gas, unbelievable !!!

  4. Jason Manelli Says:

    What a dummy. Speaking as someone who worked part time while in college full time and is still paying back student loans 10 years later and will be for the foreseeable future, Manziel you don’t know what you’ve got, until it’s gone! If someone gave me a full scholarship I would make damn sure my actions wouldn’t cause it to be taken back. You live on campus, all food, medical and housing is covered, you’re the BMOC bagging all the quail you can handle, who needs money?!

  5. Kolo Jezdec Says:

    Cry me a river about schools making money from athletes. These athletes are getting a ‘free’ education, costing more than $100,000 at some schools, plus health care and etc. And they have to work hard at practice and staying in shape? Boo Hoo! If these athletes don’t like the deal (and the rules), do what thousands of people do – pay your own way to college, working 35 hours or more per week to pay for it, with no health insurance, and likely graduate deep in debt. Then in 25 years or so, you can happily and gratefully (gratefully because you are successful enough to do so) work your butt off to help pay for your own kids’ college education because you did not have the foresight to give birth to children who possess enough natural athletic ability to get a scholarship. Of course, you will also learn to appreciate the value of hard work and education and what it takes to be successful, instead of being born on 3rd base and thinking you hit a single and stole 2 bases to get there.

    The only ‘punishment’ Manziel is likely to experience is being forced to sit around until May 2014 when some NFL team will draft him and make him a millionaire.

    As for valid speed camera tickets, a voluntary tax, IMO.

  6. pgavin Says:

    Spot on. The rules that are in place in the NCAA are NOT the question. They(the rules) exist in a world that, in reality are not even close to what college sports are today. Money has corrupted the whole process. Football and Basketball are the minor leagues for their two sports…and certainly are played in a professional way.

    930pm games on a school night? Traveling across country on a charter? Luxury Hotels on the road? Special training tables? Sure seems like a professional team and NOT college students. The whole thing is a joke. Add the fact that questionable “student athletes” with criminal histories are let loose on college campuses. A parent would have to think twice sending their child to one of these big schools where criminality runs amok (and as we have seen, covered up).

    It is a runaway train and it is odd that Johnny M. was outed. He must have made someone angry at Texas A&M. I guess He was a “MINING” major as he was trying to mine some gold.

  7. Gil From Perry Hall Says:

    I disagree that “The School” as the sole answer to the questions, especially as it relates to who pays. Having been a parent of many college students, when I see a bill which contains a greater than $150 athletic fee assessed EACH semester, I have a hard time saying it is the school that pays. When you consider a school of 20,000 students, that equates to $6,000,000 on an annual basis. It may not be the majority of the revenue or major

  8. Gil From Perry Hall Says:

    or majority of the expense, but it ain’t chicken feed.

  9. BK Says:

    The schools pay for it, but only with the money the athletes made for the school in huge TV contracts, endorsements, merchandising, etc. So who is ‘really’ paying for it? It ain’t the school brother, that is for sure. They are only the check endorser.

    Regardless of that, Manziel is an absolute idiot. I don’t like half the rules our corrupted national and local government makes, but we abide by them the best we can. That is all Manziel had to do for one more year. Bitch about the rules all you want, just follow them for now and you are set for life.

  10. Dan Says:

    Sheesh , I got the darn quiz wrong , I was sure it was the State taxpayers who paid all those expenses . The taxpayers and the MENS Sports Programs . I thought that was where the money came from .

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