And you honestly do not think that the kids that were given scholarships for athletics do not already know all of this?!Yes and No. To say kids KNOW these things isn't accurate. No kid is recruited by a school that says "We are going to occupy all of your time so you might as well not plan on having any down time." They might discuss practice philosophys and the coach might give them the standard allowances as mandated by NCAA. But that doesn't cover their "expectations" concerning weight room time. Doesn't cover the 2 hrs a night you are to be at study hall (keep in mind "studying" doesn't always pertain to the lessons you are being taught in class either, etc.). None of that is discussed.
They also don't elaborate on the fact that in season, you are travelling and away from your "home" three nights a week, not to mention the hours on the bus when you're the away team. And most kids think their time crunch is limited to the "in season."
Call it ignorance of youth or salesmanship of a coach. But that is reality in a lot of cases.
Above this, I think it's an unreasonable expectation that kids must accept this trade off as part of their commitment to a school. Should a kid accept the constraints to his/her education while fulfilling his/her obligations while under scholarship? Should the accept not being able to generate some spending money because they have no time available to them?
Also, keep in mind, the weight of a scholarship especially on a kid whose talent in borderline is HUGE especially if it's a reality that he/she couldn't pay their way otherwise.
I highly doubt these schools are just picking kids up from the local basketball court on the playgrounds, offering them scholarships, and crushing their dreams as you are portraying. These kids have already had to balance schedule with school. Workout times with study hall, etc.
THEY KNOW THE DRILL!!
IF they want to be paid.... then that opens the door for expectations for that pay.
"OK Lewis, we will agree to give you a 4 year ride AND pay you $1,000 per month. Don't show up for practice... FINE! Don't score at least 10ppg... FINE! Commit ANY minor crime (underage drinking, drugs, etc.) then you lose your paycheck AND your scholarship!
It will turn into pay for play... PERIOD! And you know that sometime down the line SOMEONE will complain that the other guy gets paid the same amount when THEY are doing better in the games. Its human nature. IT WILL HAPPEN. Then what do they do? Get an agent to market them to the highest paying school?
Congratulations Kentucky for winning your 17th straight national championship because you are the only ones who can afford ALL of the Blue chip players!!!
I just think paying student athletes opens up a bad can of worms and would lead to a lot more problems than just hungry students and complaining media.