“The State of College Athletics Forum”

This probably isn’t a big deal to a lot of people, and it’s probably a bigger deal than it’s been made out to be, but the Big 12 is doing something pretty cool and constructive today. It’s playing host to “the first in a series of forums dedicated to the issues facing college athletics” at 4 p.m. today in New York and assembling all-star panels to dilcuss the variety of trouble and topics out there today. 

WVU’s Oliver Luck is involved in the debut, as well as many others, and you can follow along right here.

If you do, whether for a little while or a long time, do share some of the content in the comments for those of us — yes, me — who can’t make it.

5 Responses to ““The State of College Athletics Forum””

  1. I love you, Doug! says:

    That headline = anti-clickbait.

    This would be sexier:

    Law of the Sea Treaty: A Balanced Discussion

  2. JC says:

    Would be more intere$ting if we didn’t already know the an$wers to the di$cu$$ion topic$…..

  3. glibglub says:

    I saw this just in time to check in.

    The panelists are being introduced. OL is seated at the furthest seat from the podium.

    /Video freezes.

    I tried.

  4. I love you, Doug! says:

    glib: Are you sure the video froze? Or is that just the pace of the event?

  5. Mr M says:

    Thanks for this post and accompanying link, Mike. I watched from 4:40 until it was wrapping up about 6, and found it to be quite informative. There were, as expected, some varying points of view; but, unexpected, some fairly candid comments. If this can be found elsewhere in rebroadcast, I recommend watching it.

    All unversity officals, beginning with Bowlsby of course and including AD’s are against “Pay for Play,” but acknowledge the need for some consideration of what he termed “pizza money” to augment the athletes’ packages of room, board, tuition, fees etc. The greatest fear, as has been mentioned in several sources, is that if an employer/employee situation is created it will result in the end of “olympic sports.” And will open complex doors that involve the IRS and problems of “cheating,” (mentioned by Bowlsby in a well-publicized quote).

    In that context the discussion became involved as to whether the athletes are “working” as it stands (with a little bit of major sports players “working more” than other athletes). Some in the journalism side of the panel expressed the view that since players are “working” on their teams (for more than “accepted levels of part time employment) it constituted full time — and translated to the need to be paid. Bowlsby particularly stressed that during the off-season, the athletes are only “required” to participate a few hours a day (from January through July, for football– which of course, is the lead sport in this discussion)

    Oliver Luck stressed that players WANT to practice .. it’s their lives … their strong interest in their sport and they often practice for long hours because of their passion and dedication to desiring to improve.

    I thought Steve Patterson was a little cavilier when answering some things, particularly the graduation rates of student athletes at Texas. But following a discussion about the “at risk” (scholastically) athletes, things got fairly candid, with Bowlsby stating that the “one and done” athlete is a mockery of what universities stand for. And, further, he openly stated that the athletes who are “marginal” in meeting admissions standards should probably be on probation, and not permitted to play until some basic remedial requirements are met.

    Ken Starr, Pres/CEO at Baylor reiterated Luck’s suggestion of not only giving special attention to “at risk” athlete while in school, but extending help with the numerous athletes to continue academic studies on a graduate level — since most will not play professional ball.

    In a discussion concerning the upcoming court decision, Oliver Luck’s stated that he feels strongly that athletes own their names and images and implied that those personal possessions need to be respected in regards to income and value. Several others agreed, and the K-State AD added that reimbursing his university for a video game featuring the school’s stadium image only generated $50K last year.

    Again, I thought this panel presented open opinions and while it probably didn’t solve anything, I suspect it’s the type of discussion that will be necessary to resolve these growing complex issues.