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  1. Jase99

    Jase99 said, 5 months ago

    The colleges in the NCAA need to create a sports degree program that focuses just on sports. That way prospective students know up front not to expect an actual education if they choose to play collegiate sports and the colleges can stop paying off teachers and tutors to fix the athletes’ grades.

  2. mikefive

    mikefive said, 5 months ago

    " That way prospective students know up front not to expect an actual education…"

    If memory serves, LSU used to have a class for football players called “Louisiana Geography”. It consisted of getting on a bus and riding around the countryside.

  3. Brutatowski

    Brutatowski said, 5 months ago

    Many of these guys are getting a free education at major universities, about a $40,000 value even at an inexpensive school if you are out of state. It also gives them a shot at going into the pros if they do well, a minimum salary of a couple of hundred grand there. What other students at these schools get opportunities near that sweet?
    My beef with some of the universities is that they don’t take that revenue that is earned from football and put it back into the school so they can lower tuition for those who have to pay to be there. They build state of the art workout rooms and other nonsense that also benefits these football players.

  4. MangeyMoose

    MangeyMoose GoComics PRO Member said, 5 months ago

    No wonder higher education is so expensive today.

  5. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, 5 months ago

    @StL Cardinal Fan

    The NCAA may have “strict limits,” but they are not being obeyed. The reports are that it is indeed 50 hours a week doing sports-related “work,” and fake classes helping to promote the idea of them being educated instead of used.

  6. Not a Cheetah

    Not a Cheetah said, 5 months ago

    How about paying the fellas/girls that wear military helmets instead? Who deserves it more?

  7. Jase99

    Jase99 said, 5 months ago

    @Brutatowski

    Many of these guys are getting a free education at major universities…

    If collegiate athletes were actually getting an education, there would be no grade fixing scandals. Coaches want their players out on the fields practicing for the next big game, not at a desk studying for the next big test.

  8. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon said, 5 months ago

    @Jase99

    … and that “free education” Bluto is blathering about is on an annual basis, subject to renewal or revocation at the whim of the school. So if you’re a student athlete who is injured during training or competition… well, I’m sure you’ll find plenty of alternative career opportunities in, say, the food service or auto dismantlement industries.

  9. old1953

    old1953 said, 5 months ago

    @Not a Cheetah

    There’s about 1.4 million on duty, about 850K reserve and 725K ready reserve.
    http://www.militaryonesource.mil/12038/MOS/Reports/2011_Demographics_Report.pdf
    Page vii. Also 1.5 million retired – figures for 2011. So nearly three million that can be recalled or are on active duty. Increasing their income by 1000$ per month average would cost 36 billion per year. And I do assure you the officer corps would suck up 2/3 of that or more. Keep in mind also that I’m talking reality here, Congress uses fantasy figures always added up over ten years to make things sound horrible, so they’d be claiming “half a trillion” (over ten years) and that’sjust how it is in DC these days. Nice thought and all that, but if we can’t even fix a bridge before it collapses, we sure aren’t going to pay all those military more.

  10. Jase99

    Jase99 said, 5 months ago

    @old1953

    “Nice thought and all that, but if we can’t even fix a bridge before it collapses, we sure aren’t going to pay all those military more.”

    Not only can’t we fix a bridge before it collapses, we continue to cut the budget for fixing bridges after it collapsed. That’s not a metaphor, it actually happened. As for the military, all that money is supposed to go to the military industrial complex to produce sub-standard equipment, not for decent wages for the men and women who literally put their lives on the line. What are you, a socialist?

  11. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon said, 5 months ago

    @Jase99

    oh, SNAP!

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