ESPN will be hosting a series of shows with a panel of experts to discuss what the NCAA can do about “cleaning up” college football. The show will be entitled Blueprint for Change and on the panel are several prominent names in college football like coaches’ Nick Saban and Urban Meyer, former college athletes turned analyst in Mark May and Kirk Herbstreit, and current and former athletic directors.
I will say this is a good start, however in order to provoke any significant change the status quo cannot remain the standard. I sincerely believe that the following must be addressed when they do meet;
1. College football must start to be a shared commitment between all parties. With the responsibility going to coaches as the overall leaders of the program and the responsibility of players to go to class, practice, and playing their hardest, there must be more sharing of the profits that go along with the labor.
2. Student athletes that are able should have the ability to market themselves. It kills me just how hypocritical it is for people to be able to market their programs based on who is coming to the school but the athlete cannot profit from it.
3. NCAA rules have to change with a changing society. Athletes continue to get in trouble because of things the NCAA could not fathom 20 years ago and this must be addressed so that student athletes do not fall into early traps that follow them the rest of their days. They must think logically but outside the box in order to create change in its policies.
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