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USC punished by NCAA

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For those of you under a sporting rock the USC Trojans were recently placed on punishment by the NCAA. This is the gist of it “penalties include the loss of 30 football scholarships over three years and vacating 14 victories in which Bush played from December 2004 through the 2005 season. USC beat Oklahoma in the BCS title game on Jan. 4, 2005 and won 12 games during Bush’s Heisman-winning 2005 season, which ended with a loss to Texas in the BCS title game.” My simple question is this, how did any of his actions affect his on the field play? This is absolute bull-shit and for the record I hate USC. The NCAA needs to wake up and understand that kids need to be paid. These Universities rake in millions of dollars each year off these kids and now are shocked by the bank account of one athlete in college? How does that compute? How many others where there, because I know Bush was not the only one?

Now, I know all of you non-athletes are thinking, “These athletes make a ton of money in college, whether it is room and board, food or text books, these guys are getting boatloads of money for their tuition.” But let me ask you this, how does a student athlete afford anything else while playing the game? I played collegiately, at a small school that no one has ever heard of but let me tell you, when you are in that scene, that is all you have time for. A job is out of the question. Anyone that tells you different was not on the level. Reggie got paid and on behalf of all players who have ever played there, congrats. The collegiate level is not High School, it’s a full time job that asks for your full time commitment and it’s not 40 hours a week. It requires at least 60 and that’s if you’re the fucking kicker. Whether it is a sport related function or not, you must behave as if it is game time. Your body is your instrument and you better not mistreat it or the new guy will take your spot and oh by the way, you have Sociology at fucking 7:00 am every Monday and Wednesday, not to mention the rest of your full load you have to take to be on the field. Having said that, I know everyone here did all those units, but try doing it when you have to figure out how to beat a human being that is twice your size, with the same speed, forget it. That is unrealistic and archaic.

The problem with today’s society is everyone treating everyone equal. Jealousy needs to stop. Just because you can’t do it, does not mean that another human being needs to be shut down. There were no “real” illegal actions except for a kid with an opportunity to make some money when there wasn’t anything guaranteed yet. He didn’t juice, he didn’t enhance his play illegally, so why then the punishment? He took a sure thing at a time when nothing sure was guaranteed and if you have ever played a sport you understand this. Our society needs to change right now and unfortunately it needs to start with sports.

Whether you want to hear it or not college athletes SHOULD be held at a different standard. They are different. They go through a daily mental and physical strain that needs to be recognized because unless you have been through it, you don’t know. And if you’re not sure, you haven’t. Put it this way, at your banking, fast food or executive job, have you ever had to walk into work the next day after being ran into 60 times at full speed in a single day? Well if you have, good for you because you are getting paid, these college athletes are not.   TheTruth@RollinSD.com

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