Should college athletes get paid?

FWIW (who doesn't enjoy some corner-case anecdotal evidence), Ryan Tannehill was a scholarship athlete with a 4.0 (or close) as a pre-med student. He deferred medical school in order to make millions in the NFL.

Johnny Manziel is reportedly making a 3.5 in our well-regarded business school.

S0LIDARITY wrote:

One of my friends was a classmate with Carmelo at SU and I can assure you that he gained nothing from his 'education'. It's hard to learn anything when your homework is handed to you by the tutor at the door of your class. I do believe that most student-athletes get great value from their education, but there's clearly room for those who aren't interested in learning. I don't know enough about the logistics of running a sports league, but I'd prefer to see some sort of club system.

The fact that some athletes coast through their education isn't a good enough reason to try to seperate athletics and sports. Plenty of non-athletes are drunk Wednesday to Sunday and are coasting through their education just as lazily. Also, for every Carmelo Anthony there is a Zoltan Mesko who graduates with a degree from a top ten business school, then gets drafted to punt for the Patriots, then posts facebook pictures of his vacation through Europe with his model girlfriend.

I'd hate him if he wasn't also a nice guy and a fantastic human being.

I don't mean that college athletics should be eliminated, just that there should be an alternative for those not interested in an education. The difference for non-athlete coasters is that no one else picks up the tab for their education.

S0LIDARITY wrote:

I don't mean that college athletics should be eliminated, just that there should be an alternative for those not interested in an education. The difference for non-athlete coasters is that no one else picks up the tab for their education.

Except their parents...

Clearly athletes aren't getting enough of their expenses covered; Manti Teo couldn't even afford a real girlfriend!