Mark Wiedmer: Time for athletes to quit masquerading as students

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2010, file photo, former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon Jr. sits in his office in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File)

Photo by AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2010, file photo, former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon Jr. sits in his office in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File)

When it comes to former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon's antitrust suit against the NCAA, everyone wants to blame the adults.

It's the fault of the greedy NCAA for making all that television money at the expense of these, um, student-athletes. It's the fault of the greedy coaches for making all those contract and endorsement dollars off the performances of the, um, student-athletes. It's the fault of the selfish schools for not pushing the, um, student-athletes toward degrees with promising futures rather than class loads that merely kept them eligible for competition.

And all those arguments are valid. Hugely so. But could it also not be at least a little bit the fault of the, um, student-athletes and those closest to them for not emphasizing the importance of a college degree?

Are we all so naive as to believe there's no chance that the, um, student-athletes are, at times, scamming the system as much as it is using them?

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Tao_of_Tennessee writes:

I remember growing up when they would show football players and what their majors were during televised games. In the late 60's and early 70' you had many real student athletes in revenue sports. Those were some good days. I always pulled for Yancey when he was playing for the Big Orange and majoring in nuclear physics...that is so cool. I believe Dobbs is another example. There are still some around.

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