Controversial Analysis

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Harris 1 Connor Harris Daniel Altenburg English 102 12 Apr 2010 Salaries are for Jobs Scandals and controversies in college athletics are being exposed more and more often in recent years. It started with the occasional player getting paid illegally but has recently turned into an array of players getting caught up in off field financial debacles. In 2006, Rhett Bomar of the Oklahoma Sooners was released from the football team for violating National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) regulations. Bomar “worked” for an Oklahoma University donor at a car dealership, for which he was paid thousands of dollars he did not rightfully earn. The same year, The University of Southern California’s star running back, Reggie Bush, and his family were accused of accepting over $100,000 of inappropriate benefits (Robinson 1). One year later: same song, different verse. O.J. Mayo of USC allegedly accepted gifts and cash from Louis Johnson and Rodney Guillory. Although not much came of the USC scandals, the fact that these scandals keep coming up remains a huge problem for college sports. The most prominent controversy hardly heard happened at the University of Nebraska in 2003, when they proposed to pay their athletes even though it was clearly against NCAA regulations. They did not follow through with their proposal and nothing came of the idea; however, by making this proposal, Nebraska singlehandedly brought up an extremely valid question: Should college athletes be compensated for playing sports? A wide range of viewpoints exists on the matter, which leaves it extremely difficult to approach. With multiple perspectives on the issue, pleasing each of the parties involved is nearly
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Harris 2 impossible. Fans, players, coaches, and school officials all have different feelings on the issue, and finding a middle ground has been more and more difficult as the problem continues. Most fans seem to believe that paying college athletes will only lead to more issues on and off the field. Most feel that the money would go straight to their heads, and in return, they would quit going to class, start causing problems around campus, and their above the law mentality would be made even more prominent. Some, however, feel that not paying college athletes for their work is immoral and should be considered thievery. Coaches do not seem to be as adamantly for or against the paying of their athletes, which may stem from the fact that many of them were college athletes at one point as well. They hold biases on both sides of the issue making them seem to be the most knowledgeable and understanding source. Many of their opinions appear to carry the idea that they are deserving of compensation financially considering the amount of work they put in and the amount of money they bring to the school. However, they also have to deal with the disciplinary issues, and it is no secret to them, or anyone else, what money does to athletes in this regard. Athletes tend to hold a more extreme view on the matter. Although they
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