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One Miami grad's opinion on NCAA hypocrisy

Posted on: August 18, 2011 4:38 pm
Edited on: August 18, 2011 5:35 pm

In May, Adam Bates received his law degree and master's in Middle Eastern studies from Michigan. In 2007, he got his undergraduate degree in political science at Miami.

Bates, 26, is starting an internship with the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., next month. He is a bright young man, very bright.

He also happens to have been a walk-on offensive lineman at the University of Miami from 2003-05. He feels strongly about the hypocrisy of the NCAA and its "amateur athletics."

Bates told me he's been making these arguments for years, but the Miami situation hit home, so he made his feelings known with an impassioned take on his Facebook page Wednesday night.

"I have a hard time stomaching the party line that this is amateur athletics," Bates told me. "It's all about the money. The arm races, the [salaries of] coaches.

"The NCAA doesn't want to deal with this -- if it all. If not for [the media] discovering these situations, the NCAA would still stick its head in the sand. If [the media] sorted through everyone's laundry, they would find the same stuff that Yahoo did at Miami."

Bates' strong view on the so-called "amateur" aspect of college athletics:

"There is an awful lot of righteous indignation floating around college football lately. A man spending the next 20 years of his life in federal prison for fleecing investors out of more than $900 million says he gave some money and benefits to some Miami Hurricanes over the last 10 years. I'm not interested in talking about what did or didn't happen. I'm not interested in confirming or denying the spiteful ramblings of an insecure snitch with an inferiority complex. I'm interested in talking about hypocrisy.

"I want to talk about the hypocrisy of the NCAA and, by extension, its constituent school administrations; the very people who have enriched themselves so shamelessly on the backs of the kids they're soon to righteously delight in punishing.

"First, a little background: I had it easy at the University of Miami, and it often felt like it was too much to bear. I had an easier time in class than most of my teammates, and far less was expected of me on the football field. I went to school on academic money and I played football because I wanted to and because I had played my whole life, not because it was the only way for me to get through school or make a better life for myself and my family. I can't speak about what it's like to be a high profile recruit, an All-American, or a future NFL star and the pressures such statuses entail. But I can tell you this: College football is a grind.

"The NCAA says players put in 20 hours a week. Anybody who has spent any time around a college program knows that 60 is a better number. Then add 12 to 15 hours a week of class on top of that. Seventy-five hours a week, in exchange for a stipend mathematically designed to make your ends almost meet.

"The president of the NCAA makes more than $1 million a year. Any head coach worth his salt is making two or three times that. Talking heads at ESPN/ABC/CBS and the presidents of most major institutions join them in the seven-digit salary club.

"That's what this is really about, and people have to understand that. Why is it a problem for [former Georgia wide receiver] A.J. Green to sell his jersey when the NCAA sells 22 variations of the very same jersey? Why can't [former Ohio State quarterback] Terrelle Pryor get some free ink from a fan? Why don't people react the same way to that as they do to hearing that Peyton Manning is selling phones for Sprint or that Tiger Woods gets paid $100 million to wear Nike gear? What's the difference?

"The difference, as far as I can tell, is that the NCAA has done a wonderful job duping people into believing this multibillion-dollar-a-year industry is pursued for the sake of amateurism. It's a total sham. The coaches aren't amateurs, the administrators aren't amateurs, the corporate sponsors and media companies that make hundreds of millions of dollars a year on the backs of these players aren't amateurs. The only 'amateurs' involved are the guys doing all the work. Pretty nice racket if you can get it.

"The NCAA and ESPN are going to be telling you that some great kids are scumbags because they allegedly broke rules designed to keep them poor and implemented by people making money hand over fist. An ESPN shill in a $5,000 suit is going to ask you to morally condemn the kids who provide the framework for said shill to make enough money to afford that suit because those kids might have taken some free food and drinks. They're going to be called 'cheaters' despite the obvious fact that boat trips don't make you run any faster or hit any harder.

"Oklahoma gives Bob Stoops $3 million a year and nobody blinks. A car dealership in Norman gives [former OU quarterback] Rhett Bomar a couple hundred bucks and everyone wets themselves. Urban Meyer sat on TV this very day, making approximately $1,500 an hour to sit there and flap his lips, and was asked to judge a bunch of 20-year-old kids for allegedly accepting free food and drinks and party invites.

"Is that immense delusion intentional or do people actually not realize the hypocrisy they perpetuate?

"What's that you say? The rules are the rules? I call bull----. When the rules are propagated by the very same people they're designed to benefit, I say the rules must be independently justifiable. What is the justification for saying that A.J. Green can't sell his jersey? That he won't be an 'amateur' anymore? Doesn't the scholarship itself render him no longer an amateur by any objective definition? Doesn't the fact that Georgia spent hundreds of millions of dollars advertising itself to A.J. Green render him no longer an amateur? Doesn't he stop being an amateur when UGA promises him that his career at Georgia will net him NFL millions? Doesn't the fact that millions of dollars change hands thanks to the service he provides make him not an amateur?

"Is it because athletes should be treated like other students, lest they not appreciate the 'college experience?' Other kids get to sell their belongings, don't they? They get to go to parties and drink and throw themselves at women, don't they? They get to have jobs and earn their worth, don't they? And other kids don't spend 60 hours a week having their bodies broken or their spring mornings running themselves to death in the dew in the dark.

"It's nonsense. Unmitigated, indefensible nonsense. The players are ‘amateurs' for the simple reason that they're cheaper to employ that way. What is bad about giving a poor kid some money to spend? What is wrong with showing your appreciation for the service someone provides by giving them some benefit of their own? I'm supposed to believe it's wrong because the NCAA says it is?

"These players are worth far more than a free trip to the strip club and a trip around the bay on a yacht. A.J. Green is worth more to the NCAA and the University of Georgia than the cost of his jersey, and Terrelle Pryor is worth more than the value of a tattoo.

"I don't know much about players taking 'illegal benefits' and if I did I wouldn't be snitching about it like a lowlife, but I can tell you this: I hope to the bottom of my soul that every player in America is on the take, because they're getting shafted. The powers that be make too much money this way to ever change, and the rest of the country seems far too committed to delusions, institutional partisanship, and jealousy to see their own glass houses, so take what you can get while you can get it, youngbloods. You earned it."


Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: August 18, 2011 11:35 pm

One Miami grad's opinion on NCAA hypocrisy

Smart man!  It is all about the money.  ESPEEN wants to increase their "market share" and will do anything to achieve.  Why do you think so many people at ESPEEN are yelling about the Ohio State Buckeyes.  The Big 10 Network cost them at LEAST $222,000,000.00 last year alone.  I do NOT care if a kid trades an autograph for tattoo, if the kids jersey has his name on it, IT IS HIS , a kid wants to sell a MVP trophy, so what it is his.  You want to change the way college sports is heading do two simple things; 1. scholarships are for the ENTIRE 4 year period, as long as the student remains academically eligible, and only grant 100 scholarships (football) at anytime( total, a student gets a academic scholarship counts against total, numbers can be adjusted for each sport) 2- eliminate the BOOSTER programs, 95% of boosters are suberb people, but the remaining 5% are vultures waiting on the next victim.  ALL colleges know who the BAD boosters are and the schools do NOTHING because of the checks.  But neither of these things will happen because of the MONEY!

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2011 11:33 pm

One Miami grad's opinion on NCAA hypocrisy

A Miami grad blaming the NCAA instead of his alma mater for the current situation.  Will wonders never cease?

Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:55 pm

One Miami grad's opinion on NCAA hypocrisy

Shockingly unimaginative.  A turd who benefits from a free education bemoans what was given to him, a scholarhip, academic, or athletic. It's the administrators fault, it's the coaches fault, it's the media members fault, it's the NCAA fault.  I'm a victim.  Boohoo, feel sorry for me.  I'm a kid and can't possibly be held accountable for my decisions despite the fact that by every legal sense I am an adult, please see me as a kid, innocent, incapable of knowing right from wrong.  Bambi.

Sick of hearing this dribble.  Every one of these turds KNEW they were breaking rules that they agreed to when they signed the LOI.  They KNEW if it came to light the current team would have to pay for their crimes, not them.  That makes them the worst kind of ilk, so don't save your breath, YOU'RE NOT A VICTIM!!!!  

Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:50 pm

One Miami grad's opinion on NCAA hypocrisy

Buckeyefan67, within the next few months, it will become clear to you why it's better THESE DAYS to be a Michigan fan.  Michigan is looking ahead to a bright future with its integrity intact.  Michigan's president didn't look like a bumbling fool hoping she wouldn't be fired by the football coach.  Instead, the University took control, legitimately investigated itself, and cooperated with the NCAA completely (no bobbing and weaving over too much practice time).  Further, it was the first time in Michigan's history that the football team had been sanctioned.  Can Ohio State say that?  No Michigan fan wants to go through that process again, believe me.  I know it's a difficult concept for Ohio State fans to understand, but at Michigan the football team isn't all that important in the larger scheme of things.  Although Michigan fans might be disappointed in the football team's performance over the last three years, they know that you can't keep the winningest D-1 program down for long.  And more important, win or lose, the University will continue to be a premier institution--that's the source of our pride.  But, I've lived long enough to see that winning or losing comes in cycles.  You may remember that Michigan DOMINATED Ohio State in the decade before Tressel (whose integrity is very much in question).  Fame is fleeting, and Ohio State's fifteen minutes of fame is about to end unceremoniously.   &

Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:18 pm

One Miami grad's opinion on NCAA hypocrisy

I finally realized why everyone calls it the U. It is because they are all too STUPID to spell Miami. Nothng but a bunch of DOPES coming out of that institution. Smart as ROCKS!!! Criminlas and IDIOTS. That is all that school produces.

Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:16 pm

One Miami grad's opinion on NCAA hypocrisy

   I AGREE with you 100% about priviledges given to football players. Just look at what happened in Oregon. That kid got stopped for doing 118 mph and then flat out admitted to "smoking all of the POT" before the cop stopped him. The cop , after admiring his pac 10 ring, gives the kid a speeding ticket and sends him on his way. If that ANY ordinary citizen he/she would be in jail. Driving with NO identification, doing 118 mph in a 55 zone, admitting to smoking all of the pot, no car ID, ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? Just because the MUTT was a football player at the U of Oregon he drives away. It is obvious if this kid does NOT make it in the NFL, he will out robbing gas stations and stealing cars. He will NOT graduate. the university does NOT care , as long as they get their 4 yrs of football out of the kid. Too many priviledges just for being a good athlete. Get arrested or any criminal activity and their scholarship gets taken away and the behavior will improve. It will also reduce the number of blacks in colleges and then there will be a law suit.

Since: Apr 24, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:11 pm

One Miami grad's opinion on NCAA hypocrisy

as a die hard college football and miami fan i say RIGHT ON BROTHER. its all about the U if the NCAA WANTS WAR WE WILL TAKE THEM TO WAR...

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:11 pm

One Miami grad's opinion on NCAA hypocrisy

its better to be a michigan fan why?? The worst defense in FBS?  Seven consecutive losses to your main rival and three in a row to your instate rival?  If memory serves , you are on probation as we speak and  while we may lose a schollie or two --you are so far behind talent wise ; it would take 3-4 banner years of recruits for you to even the playing field and most arent sure Hoke will make it that long.  And your bball team will continue to be dominated by us as well .  So I suggest you take a reality check and review recent history--like giving UP 259 points in your last 6 games ALONE  ( OH , and by comparison  we gave up 186 points ALL SEASON) -- -- and I bet that will sober you up real quickly...

Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:07 pm

One Miami grad's opinion on NCAA hypocrisy

 I have to give Adam credit. This is something that I did NOT know existed, an intelligent ex-hurricane. I have heard nothing but stupidity coming from the mouths of EVERY ex-hurricane, especially Michael Irvin ( if I spelled his name right??) All I have to do is see his face and I change the channel. Not only is he about as smart as a rock, he dresses funny too. With all of the criminlas this university has turned out it is refreshing to read something very well written and very intelligent as this article. Adam has a valid point, but the fact remains that the NCAA has its rules and everyone has to play by the same rules, so Miami has to stop crying and play by the rules. If they cannot recruit kids that are NOT criminals then they should stop playing football.Play by the rules or don't play. you don't hear ex-players from Penn State or Notre Dame crying about this. Why?? because they don't cry, they just play by the rules. No ciminals there. Keep the criminals off the streets and out of the universities. Miami should be shut down and given the death penalty. Nothnig but a bunch of criminals.

Since: Dec 20, 2010
Posted on: August 18, 2011 9:51 pm

One Miami grad's opinion on NCAA hypocrisy

How can you say they're getting a FREE education? How much time are they putting in for the football program? Time is money, right? I don't know what the solution to this problem is, but the more that is written and spoken about this , the more I believe these kids are being exploited to the max by ALL these college sports programs. I wish I was smart enough to know what the solution was!! I LOVE college football and worry that it will be destroyed before anyone can find a solution.

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