I came across this article on my rss feed this morning, and I happen to agree with Charles Barkley this time.
Charles Barkley is the voice of reason once again.
That might sound strange, but the former NBA All-Star was right on when he called out the NCAA for its hypocrisy.
On the “Dan Patrick Show” last week, Barkley said Reggie Bush should not have given back his Heisman Trophy. Barkley also admitted that he borrowed money from agents — and later paid it back — when he was in college at Auburn. He said many of the athletes he knew also borrowed money.
That opened the broader argument of scholarship players receiving stipends. Barkley is reasonable in his argument that all scholarship players — Heisman contenders, starters and backups — should receive the same weekly stipend.
The fact is that college sports are a multi-billionaire dollar business.
The NCAA is free to sell TV rights for billions of dollars, but Georgia’s A.J. Green isn’t allowed to sell his bowl jersey. Everyone knows there’s something wrong with that.
What Barkley didn’t address was athletes who don’t play for moneymaking sports. Title IX, love it or hate it, would require that athletes from football to women’s golf to men’s rowing would receive the same stipend.
So, where would all that money come from?The good news is that college sports line the pockets of millionaire coaches on a yearly basis. There’s plenty of money to go around as long as the rich don’t keep getting richer on the backs of college students.
But college athletes have no players union. So, it will take a wise NCAA president and the leadership of some powerful and rich college coaches to lead the way in righting this wrong.