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UCLA withholds checks after missed workouts

Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:19 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2011 2:20 pm

Posted by Adam Jacobi

UCLA is gearing up for a bowl date against Illinois in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, a game set for New Year's Eve. And although UCLA and Illinois shouldn't be imbued with a heightened awareness of fighting hunger by the invitation any more than Texas A&M and Northwestern should be considered auto repair enthusiasts by dint of appearing in the Maaco Car Care Bowl, there is still no shortage of irony that UCLA is apparently causing hunger in some of its own football players this month.

Here's how the Los Angeles Times reported this story:

Some UCLA football players and members of the coaching staff were at odds Sunday after bowl game checks meant to help with living expenses were withheld. 

Some players did not receive checks for failing to attend what they called voluntary workouts during finals week, according to one parent who asked not to be identified because it could affect his son. Players said they use the money to buy food, as university services are shut down after the quarter ends.

UCLA spokesperson Nick Ammazzalorso said the players had been notified in advance that the checks would be withheld, and that the players in question had also not filled out academic paperwork. The crux of the matter, however, appears to be that the coaching staff and players disagreed on whether the workouts during finals week were mandatory or not, and that the consequence of missing a finals week practice was to withhold necessary living expenses.

As for how well-needed these checks were, the coaches eventually issued the checks after realizing that not doing so would cause financial hardship -- yes, that required a realization -- but not before two Bruins took to Twitter to complain about their hunger.

"We are being held from our checks because we chose not to participate in voluntary workouts," defensive back Randall Carroll wrote on Twitter. "Honestly, [I] don't know how I'm going to eat these few days."

Linebacker Aramide Olaniyan also posted on Twitter account, saying in part "My stomach [is] growling tonight."

This story's far from over at this point; UCLA should probably make a clarification on whether the workouts in question were in fact mandatory, and a statement from the NCAA on whether UCLA's initial handling of the situation was appropriate in the NCAA's eyes. Perhaps it was, and perhaps all bowl teams are operating under similar guidelines. Now would be the time to make that clear, though, because if all fans have is this account of the UCLA program, it's hard not to come to the conclusion that something is dreadfully awry in the way athletes in need are treated.

Now, if that seems like an exaggeration, consider that had Olaniyan or Carroll gotten a free meal from a sympathetic restaurateur who didn't want to see the two young men go hungry, that would be an impermissible benefit and would likely cost the two players their eligibility for at least the upcoming bowl game. Choosing between eligibility and dinner seems like an awfully heavy consequence of missing a workout and/or not filling out a minor piece of paperwork, does it not?


Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 8:32 pm

UCLA withholds checks after missed workouts

@billymack14, you sir are a huge idiot.  Free room and board isn't garunteed in a scholarship.  Just ask any college freshmen right now.  I was on scholarship at Boise State and my room and board was not paid for.  Think before you type.  I never said that they don't deserve the money, just that they aren't starving by ANY means.  The school is the only reason the players are there too.  Someone has to front the money for travel, equipment, coaches salaries, trainers, university facility usage, etc.  The players need the school just as bad as the school needs them.  I believe the only reason they should have had checks witheld is if they were mandatory workouts.  My only point is that we don't need to feel sorry for them because they aren't starving.  They can eat with any of the tons of friends, girlfriends, families that they have, so long as it isn't at at restaurant paid for with cash. 

Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:01 am

UCLA withholds checks after missed workouts

Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.  KJV.

You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.  NIV.  
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Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:29 pm

UCLA withholds checks after missed workouts

you are an idiot. 

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:34 pm

UCLA withholds checks after missed workouts

UCLA athletics is a disgrase to the Pac 12, and the City of Los Angeles.  Their A.D. is terrible, and should have been fried years ago.  The UCLA alumni is about as bad as it gets.  The players quit after theie first loss.  UCLa should just ban all athletics except womens softball, something the excell at, even if they have to cheat to do that.  UCLA is the beggest joke in Pac 12 football, and will be for years to come.  These kids do not deserve a penny.  Unfortunately for them, the school scheduled workouts during finals week, which was a very stupid thing to do, but very typical UCLA.

Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:06 pm

UCLA withholds checks after missed workouts

The workouts are mandatory even if they were voluntary. Get your ass to practice and get better. This is everything that is wrong with ucla's football program. Time to change the mentality and the perception of ucla's football program. Crosstown, those boys would have been out there in full pads going fullspeed. But then again, I guess that's why the score was.................. 

USC 50

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:06 pm


ucla players quit on the season a long time ago--this is no surprise. 

Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:00 pm

UCLA withholds checks after missed workouts

Hey Raider
here is a taste and a link to the story .. this is why people should state facts or simply "in my opinion"

you have just been weighed and measured and found wanting!

So it would have been, if the Buckeyes actually got to keep the money, which they did not. The $18.5 million went to the Big Ten, where it was added to a pool of bowl revenue that was then sliced into 12 shares—one for each team, one for the league office. That still left Ohio State with a tidy $2.2 million to spend, which the Buckeyes did. Ohio State's team travel costs were $352,727. Unsold tickets ran the school a cool $144,710. The bill to transport, feed and lodge the band and cheerleaders came to $366,814. Throw in entertainment, gifts and sundry other expenses, and the Buckeyes lost $79,597.

Why do the schools put up with this? Why are universities so willing to engage in what WAC commissioner Karl Benson deemed "bad business deals?" Because it works out nicely for coaches, who land tidy bonuses for even minor-bowl glory. ADs, too, reap a windfall for a bowl invite. The going rate: one month's extra salary for an appearance in even the lowliest game. Oregon's Rob Mullens receives $50,000 if the Ducks go bowling. Kentucky's Mitch Barnhart collects $30,000.

"A few years ago our ADs came to me and said, 'You've got to start some bowls,' " Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson says. "I said, 'You'll lose money.' They [each] said, 'I don't care.' "

The truth is that the lower-tier bowls exist because athletic directors are willing to prop them up (in the process forfeiting their universities' money), and because most conferences pool all their bowl payouts, using the bigger-money BCS games to cover the losses incurred in the smaller games. Thus does the Rose Bowl help subsidize the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl—a bowl bailout system that indeed spreads the wealth. Bowl directors privately admit that fewer than half the bowls could survive without the financial support from the schools.

Meanwhile, the sad sack programs that fail to qualify for a bowl often end up in the best financial position. As former Michigan AD Bill Martin said after the 2009 season, "The fact we didn't go to a bowl game the last two years means we actually made money."

Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:45 pm

UCLA withholds checks after missed workouts

better check your facts and by the way the big ten was 11 last year!

read the article and maybe you will learn something!

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:41 pm

UCLA withholds checks after missed workouts

The Big 10 in no way lost money last year on the Bowl season. The conference earned $32,237,000 last bowl season. Split 10 ways then comes out to over $3 million a piece.

Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 7:47 pm

UCLA withholds checks after missed workouts

UCLA withholds checks after missed workouts

Bula...many of the bowl games are indeed losers for the teams. However, going to a BCS Bowl is not one of them. They payouts per team are in excess of $10M and it doesn't cost that much.  Being a Pac12 fan, the proceeds of the bowl games are split within the conference for all teams. The bottom line is that whether it is split between the teams or kept by the team playing...teams in the BCS are NOT losing money on those games.


you sir are completely incorrect! try a search of SI last year and they is an article that breaksdown the payouts. You are correct that the money is split among the conference and one of the glaring examples used was Ohio State. The BCS(Bowl Cheating System)bowls are lucrative but not to the schools. two AD's were interviewed in this article and explained it very clearly. OSU was invited to a BCS bowl and the payout was 10mil - to the conference. So some quick math Big Ten = 10way split 1mil per team. Seems pretty lucrative right...NOT! OSU was obligated to purchase 20,000 tickets prior to the game, and thats right all at face value. Hmmm that will bite into that MIL! Not it gets better, the OSU band was mandated(thats right MANDATED) that they were to perform at halftime. Ok so here it comes, all band members were required to have a ticket for entrance and guess what thats right FULL FACE VALUE to perform! Ok so there may still be a couple bucks left, NO but someone still must pay for ; flights, meals, lodging, and any other expenses that not just the team requires but also the BAND! So getting it yet?
In the article the Mich AD comments that" he would rather not attend a bowl game and they would be in a better financial position". So indiana that doesnt know what a bowl game looks like makes a cool Mil and stays home? great deal.
this is an incredibly insightful article that is well worth the read!

so before you starting spewing opinions without any validity other than your INCORRECT position, do some research and dont waste our time!

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