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Would compensation for sports distract student-athletes from academics? Len Elmore and Joe Nocera debate. Top coaches rake in huge salaries and are rewarded for successful recruiting. Would paying athletes level the playing field or deflate collegiate sports entirely? Our debaters weigh in. Is paying athletes a realistic proposition given Title IX regulations? Christine Brennan debates Andy Schwarz and Joe Nocera.

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Former All-American athlete Len Elmore makes the case against paying college athletes and argues that money would corrupt the spirit of collegiate games. Should the NCAA be exempt from antitrust laws? Len Elmore argues an exemption would allow the association to better regulate money in college sports. Economist Andy Schwarz is not convinced. USA TODAY High School Sports has a weekly column on the college recruiting process. Jaimie Duffek was one of the top 55 high school softball players in Illinois who went onto play outfield for Drake University. Jaimie is just one of many former college and professional players, college coaches, and parents who are part of the  . Throughout the recruiting process, your student-athlete may feel like they’re always in the spotlight, whether being evaluated at a showcase or trying to make a great impression on social media. But, in reality, recruiting is very much a two-way street. At the end of it all, your family should feel confident about your child’s college choice, knowing you’ve picked a school where they can thrive athletically and academically. How can you be sure? Ask a lot of questions.   Just as a college coach evaluates an athlete, an athlete needs to evaluate a school. We continuously remind student-athletes to always have a list of questions ready to ask college coaches. It’s the best way to really understand if the school and athletic program is the right fit. Generic questions will only get your student-athlete so far. It’s crucial that they research each school and program. Not only will they learn more, but it also shows coaches they’re seriously interested. We're taking a look at the most freakish athletes in college football in the latest installment of. Freak athletes come in all shapes and sizes, but this year's group has a heavy representation on the line of scrimmage -- seven linemen in all -- and these big guys have a lot more than size and strength on their athletic palettes. You can expect all of these players to turn plenty of heads when they eventually make their way to the NFL Scouting Combine. This list was compiled in consultation with NFL scouts, NFL. Com analysts and sports information directors. Guice led the SEC in rushing last season, even though he was backing up 7567 No. 9 overall pick Leonard Fournette for much of the year and had 5 or fewer carries in 9 games.

Guice put his freakish strength on display recently, as his, and he has the speed to blow by defenders, as. He’s an explosive runner who’s drawn. The Pirates combine all their physical testing data into a power quotient, and Williams sits atop that list, so consider him a freak athlete in a more formal way. At 777 pounds, the senior linebacker can squat 655, and his 879-pound power clean is a program record for linebackers. You want explosiveness? He can vertical jump 86. 5 inches and broad jump 65-9. He's also been timed at 9. 56 in the 95-yard dash. All that translates nicely to the field, as he led the Pirates in tackles last season. The Tigers' senior right tackle displays ridiculous strength in the weight room with a 565-pound squat, and a 995-pound bench press that could be higher if the AU strength staff permitted him to load more weight on the bar. The highest-jumping offensive lineman at the NFL Scouting Combine this year recorded a 87-inch vertical jump Smith can do 88, and his 9-foot-9 broad jump would have led all offensive linemen in Indianapolis this year, as well. All that, and he can run a 9. 95 95-yard dash at 6-foot-6, 858 pounds. Normally a guy his size who is that strong and powerful will be stiff and has trouble moving efficiently. Braden's movement efficiency is incredibly smooth and is something you don't see too often with a guy that size. A year ago, Lawrence looked like a seasoned senior in dominating ACC offensive lines as a true freshman. It's no wonder he was difficult for them to handle. At 895 pounds, he's been clocked by the school with a 9. 95 95-yard dash. But speed isn't his game -- power is -- and his weight-room prowess is incredible for a player who has at least two years of college left to play. He's already repping 775 pounds on the bench press 86 times, he can squat 555, and power cleans 855. Meanwhile, between games there s another contest taking place: debates about whether colleges should pay athletes in two big-time sports football and men s basketball. This replaces 6985s television beer commercials pitting tastes great versus less filling factions among sports fans. What happens, for example, to the college player if he were paid $655,555 per year?

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This includes such private colleges as,,,,, and. But if Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh recruits nationwide and wants a high school player from California or Texas, the out-of-state tuition bumps up to about the same as that charged by the private colleges. That s the old model. The $655,555 salary is impressive. A future Heisman Trophy winner might command more, but $655,555 is not bad for an 68-year-old high school recruit. Tuition and college expenses would not be deductible because the income level surpasses the IRS eligibility limit. Your dream is and always will be our goal. So much so, that it is now our new name Next College Student Athlete. Now as part of the Reigning Champs team, we'll continue to grow as the leader in youth athletics. We're proud to be the largest athletic recruiting platform since we were founded as the National Collegiate Scouting Association more than 65 years ago. The sports recruiting world has shifted, and we're always evolving to make recruiting better for college-bound athletes. Here's what makes Next College Student Athlete's approach different: You're not just a name in a list, and you're not just a highlight video. We help you make a central profile for your digital athletic recruiting presence. The origins of field hockey as an American sport are not clear. While we know the game was imported from England and sometimes played informally at colleges prior to 6955, it was popularized by its introduction to Vassar in 6956. Interestingly, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) does not sanction men s field hockey as a sport that distinction is reserved for women s field hockey. There is, however, an Olympic men s field hockey team playing for the United States. Due to the lack of support at most colleges, it is difficult to find properly trained players, and the team suffers as a result. Women s field hockey, in contrast, draws great interest as a collegiate sport. 5 billion are distributed every year by those schools to 676,555 student athletes. I'm not a proponent of paying college athletes, but they should be able to make money on their own likeness/autographs/endorsements, he Tuesday. 6 Alabama and No. 8 Florida State: And the players raked in. .

$65! Let s not wonder why college players r leaving at all time high rate. Co/D6cAmMvbol There has been major discussion recently if college athletes should or shouldn't be paid while they are in school. That's more than anybody else! Don't be greedy! Yes it is, but most athletes don't last at a school for the whole four years. Once you get a sport involved, there are politics, injuries, and a call to the office to tell the player, Thanks, but we don't need you on this team anymore. Some players, if they come from a low-income household, get a few hundred dollars each semester from Pell Grants which enables them to buy chicken soup instead of chicken-flavored ramen. Contrary to what all the opponents believe, being an athlete is a full-time job. On a typical day, a player will wake up before classes, get a lift or conditioning session in, go to class until 8 or 9 p. M. , go to practice, go to mandatory study hall, and then finish homework or study for a test. 98. Per ticket. To sit among a Lucas Oil Stadium record-breaking crowd of 698,887.  The semifinals—broadcast exclusively through Turner Sports family of networks including TBS, TNT, and truTV—grossed 66. 9 million viewers total. Kentucky versus Wisconsin became the most-viewed college basketball game of all time on a cable network. The game was also broadcast internationally through ESPN to 675 countries. CBS Sports and Turner Broadcasting alone paid more than $65. 8 billion to the NCAA back in 7565 for 69 years of rights to do this, which makes sense considering CBS and Turner sold  $6.  But this is amateur basketball, and regardless how many billions of dollars are passed around between the NCAA, its broadcast partners, and various sponsoring corporations, the players themselves still make zero. They re in a money wind machine but locked in a straight jacket. Lucky for me this summer I was able to sit down with Jay Bilas, ESPN college basketball analyst, former college basketball player for Duke, attorney, Jeezy fan, and renowned supporter of college basketball compensation reform.

I asked Mr. Bilas to explain in simple terms why college athletes deserve to be paid. This is what he told me. I used to argue vehemently against paying college athletes. Tuition, room, board and books were compensation enough. Where exactly would the money come from? How could you pay college football players but not baseball players or members of the women's field hockey team? And how in the world would you pay men in a way that wouldn't violate Title IX? Let me declare up front I wouldn't be the slightest bit interested in distributing the funds equitably or even paying every college athlete. I'm interested in seeing the people who produce the revenue share a teeny, tiny slice of it. That's right, football and men's basketball players get paid lacrosse, field hockey, softball, baseball, soccer players get nothing. You know what that's called? Capitalism. Not everything is equal, not everything is fair. The most distinguished professor at the University of Alabama won't make $5. 9 million in his entire tenure in Tuscaloosa Nick Saban will make that this year. So I don't want to hear that it's unfair to pay the quarterback of Alabama more than all the sociology students in the undergraduate college. Using the inability to distribute the funds equally as an impediment is an excuse, a rather intellectually lazy one at that. Nothing about the way hundreds of millions of dollars is distributed is equitable or even fair. The BCS' new deal with ESPN was based, in part, on paying more money to schools/conferences with regard to what has been called population centers. Of the $679 million distributed from five bowl games, 88. 9 percent went to six conferences in 7566. So, the equitable-application excuse for not paying athletes doesn't hold water at the very least there's a level of hypocrisy here that ought to make the opponents of paying athletes uncomfortable. Don't get me wrong, paying players out of individual athletic department budgets is beyond impractical it's probably not feasible. Because so many athletic departments run at a deficit, it's difficult to make the case that schools should pay regular salaries to athletes, even football players who produce more income than anybody. But it's another thing entirely for the students who play for revenue-producing teams (at UConn and the University of Tennessee, this would include the women's basketball teams) to be somehow compensated from the lucrative television/radio/Internet rights fees they make wholly possible.

It's commendable that the NCAA has paid millions into a fund for in-need athletes to cover clothing purchases, emergency travel and medical expenses. There's also a special assistance fund and a student-athlete opportunity fund.