- Oct 5, 2019
I'll totally agree that the scholarship losses from all this will be much worse than the gains. No argument at all.I can introduce you to 100+ former athletes who will disagree with you. Not being able to afford college and they are doing well right now because of ‘that train’. They knew it was a great deal. It still is a great deal. Unfortunately, now that deal will be cut from hundreds of future Volunteers bc of greed from a few.
I've advocated that the huge revenue schools, including TN, should get out of the huge revenue business, not sign the huge media contracts, make me get my butt in the seat for games.... not my recliner, and get back to the school's mission which is education.
Obviously, ETSU isn't the problem that's creating this mess. Huge revenue schools like UT are creating this demand, this extreme valuation of players that resulted in illegal payments..... now legal payments of players. It's nowhere NEAR the mission of UT to be the owner of a multi-million dollar sports business, even if it graciously funds other sports at the school. UT should be in the education business, not the sports business.
The major schools lack the leadership and guts to say, "Wait, we screwed this up. We're definitely on the wrong path with this business." Fans would also crucify them for not providing us with great Saturdays.
It's gone over the edge but it's about loving money more than education.