Thursday, November 11, 2004

Jim Tressel College Football Commentary

I have been keeping an eye on the Ohio State / Maurice Clarrett / et. al. story this week. ESPN today on their webpage has a rather detailed story accusing OSU head coach, Jim Tressel, of ignoring booster gifts to a QB who played for him at Youngstown State in the early 1990s.

Tressel responded this week with a statement denied emphatically all the accusations. He is a classy guy, and I have no idea if he turned a blind eye to this business all along.

The better question is: when are we going to start paying these college athletes a small part of the tens of millions that they generate for these colleges? They are not allowed to go pro until 3 years after high school. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the NFL's ability to make such a requirement. The colleges must do something to ease the tension between some of these kids who grew up with nothing (and some who are just greedy) who smell money at the end of the tunnel. These athletes are willing to risk their college careers, not to mention the good names of their coaches and schools to get a taste of that money today.