Lots of people are taking about the need to pay college athletes, but judging from the stories you see lately, it seems like many of them are getting paid already.
This seems another example of trying to create a special class out of certain people while arguing about fairness.
Johnny Manziel makes a lot of money for Texas A&M, so isn’t it fair that he should get some of it? Ah, but he does already, without regard to his hobby of selling autographs.
He’s getting a college education – have you priced one of those lately? – and a nice place to live and three meals a day and the best medical and physical therapy care available. And the chance to be Big Man on Campus, which is priceless.
This is part of the terms of his employment.
My job is no different. If I have a million-dollar idea for my employer, what do I get? Well, I get to keep my job and try to have another good idea.
That was part of the terms of employment when I signed up.
Ask my wife, that doesn’t seem like such a bad deal.
Invariably, the people arguing to pay athletes will gloss over how it’s to be done. But there are a lot of little devils in those details – Will starters get more? Will stars get more? What about athletes in the non-revenue sports?
Will the NCAA have to “vote on it to find out what’s in it?”How’s that working out in federal health care reform?
In a universe where Alabama and LSU can openly pay players, where does that leave schools like Ole Miss and Mississippi State?
Pay players? Just say no.
• Remember how BenJarvus Green-Ellis (Ole Miss) had never lost an NFL fumble when he was with the Patriots? He’s lost 3 in 18 games for Bengals.
• Seems to me ESPN picked the Memphis Grizzlies as their “ultimate pro franchise” because picking the San Antonio Spurs again would be boring.
• I heard a scanner call the other night in Lee County to “get a dog’s head unstuck from a couch.” I hope that dog is OK.
John L. Pitts (firstname.lastname@example.org) is sports editor of the Journal.