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LAMM AT LARGE: College sports is just pro sports lite

todayDecember 2, 2021

Background

Isn’t it interesting that you don’t hear college athletic administrators poor-mouthing any more about not being able to pay their athletes at least a small stipend?

The fact that athletes can now be paid for their names and likeness took care of that. And the fact that schools are handing out multi-year, multi-million dollar contracts to coaches as if they’re grocery shopping makes it clear they’ve been lying about their  finances.

Whether its coaches such as Michigan State’s Mel Tucker and Penn State’s James Franklin getting huge extensions or coaches taking new jobs such as Brian Kelly at LSU or Lincoln Riley at Southern Cal, 9-10-year contracts worth as much as $100 million have become the norm.

The top athletic programs have been sitting on gold mines but selfishly took advantage of their athletes. Now we can enjoy big-time college athletics as what it is: professional sports.

Written by: Steve Bute


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