HurricaneNamedDitka wrote:while i think these kids should have the ability to market themselves and profit from it, a change like this would change the make up of the college game forever and i don't think you'd like the result.
manziel is an idiot kid like we all once were with alot more attention than any of us have ever got. its hard to put myself in his shoes and be like "i'd never do that!". that being said, rules are rules and you sign on to abide by those rules. if you don't agree, thats really too bad.
if this comes out and is really true and provable, the punishment will be huge.
i compare manziel to a slightly better jason white. i don't think he has any of the intangiables of a successful nfl qb. he doesn't have a strong arm, he's not tall, and his character is somewhat lacking as of right now.
I agree that there's gotta be a better system than this one, I'll be damned if I know what it is right now.
People like to point out that they get a scholarship but schools make truck-loads of $ off individual players, and not just from jersey sales. A&M had a dinner that was $20k per seat to be at the table with Manziel.
The problem with allowing them to be paid for autographs or paraphernalia is idiot boosters. They'd be allowed to pay off a kid through purchase of his autographs. As an SEC fan I don't want our crazy morons getting closer to players, they need to be much, much further away. And it would be used for HS kids as a recruiting tool. They'd make the rounds and collect $ for 'autographs'.
Would be good for a team to benefit overall, not just a player.
Perhaps allowing equipment/autograph sales that go into some type of pension fund? I'd bet there's a lot of former college football players that have medical issues later on in life.