Kelly Ogle, News 9
Sam Bradford is a rich man now, but should he have been able to cash in on his Heisman trophy while he was still playing quarterback for the Sooners? Should his teammates, who make mountains of cash for the University of Oklahoma, get a little slice of the pie?
Paying college athletes is sure to come up again. In fact the new NCAA President says he'll bring it up at their meetings this month.
Of course they are getting paid. They're getting college scholarships. But some of these athletes, the football players especially, are generating far more for their schools than the value of a room and board and tuition.
Shouldn't they get a little extra money for doing what has become a year round job?
Tough for them to hold outside part-time jobs and make spending money like most other students can.
And what about product endorsements? It's their name. That money wouldn't cost the university much.
I do love the "purity," relatively speaking of course, of college athletics, but let's get real. Times have changed.
The schools don't need to give these guys so much money they get in trouble, but a few hundred a month for laundry, a few meals out and such wouldn't hurt would it?