Posts Tagged ‘ NCAA ’

The Good Ole Loophole

This week Jeremiah Masoli, the former QB for the Oregon Ducks, was allowed to play after he appealed the original decision the NCAA gave him earlier in the week. Originally Masoli was supposed to sit out a year because he transferred to Mississippi University to play football. Masoli basically used a loophole in the NCAA’s system to transfer from Oregon where he was kicked off of the football team for his involvement in a robbery. However, because he did graduate from the school and still had a year of eligibility, Masoli was able to transfer and use an academic rule to play this season.

This is great news for Ole Miss because they have no back-up QB on the roster that come close to Masoli in talent. Masoli was one of the biggest reasons that Oregon was on top of the Pac-10 last year. His dual-threat abilities at QB will definitely be an asset to Ole Miss. Not to mention the SEC is a little easier this year now that Superman Tim Tebow is gone and Reigning Heisman winner Mark Ingram is out early in the season.

The only thing that bothers me about this is that Masoli, head coach Houston Nutt, and everyone else who followed the situation knows that he didn’t transfer for academic reasons.

I do think Masoli is trying to change his life around, as does his coach, but technically there is no lesson learned here. Except maybe, if you can get over, do it!

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THE BLAME GAME..

USC built a powerhouse when star running back Reggie Bush was there. As a member of the Trojans, Bush won a Heisman trophy and a national championship, while also propelling himself into super-stardom and putting his school back on top of college football.

Now due to sanctions given to USC by the NCAA, the Trojans have been ordered to vacate all wins and are giving back their replica Bush’s Heisman trophy. They are also removing all traces of Bush from the school as way of showing they are moving past this “disgraceful” era which makes Bush look like a scapegoat.

If USC wanted to stop this era from happening they would have. Instead of doing that they decided to turn the other cheek to line their pockets.

In my opinion college sports is probably the most hypocritical business in the world. Colleges, business and television/radio networks make millions of dollars every year off of the sweat and blood of college players, but they have rules in place that don’t allow these athletes to benefit from this lucrative business.

Maybe I’m overreacting, but I feel like college sports is just a new and different form of slavery. They give you a place to stay and pretend to give you an education (I say pretend because I’ve seen cases where education is taken very lightly) as long as you produce in the fields on the field, but you don’t get paid what they get paid.

Did Reggie Bush do the wrong thing by taking money? Yes, but that doesn’t make him a cheater. That money didn’t help him run for all those yards or work out in the gym.

Why should college athletes take the be broke when major corporations get to be as greedy as they want with no penalty? In a world where athletes can get injured and be left high and dry it makes sense to get all you can when you can.

It’s even worse for guys at mid-major schools. Most of those guys aren’t getting the exposure that big schools are, but their programs make tons of money anyway.

I can guarantee you one thing. USC won’t give back any of the money it received as a result of Reggie Bush being the face of the football program.

Neither will all of the other people who made money from this “disgraceful” team.

But maybe I’m just rambling. I’m open to your thoughts on the issue..