Columbia, SC — Semi-pro sports and academics don’t mix. Clearly it’s a problem that the NCAA does not fully appreciate. A national attitudinal sea-change is needed. All university revenue-producing “sports entertainment” ought to be separated from academic pursuits. In this way, for instance, there might be a Gamecock Sports Corp., which would own all revenue-producing sports, with perhaps a franchise fee payable to USC.
Properly paid student athletes are likely to have an increasingly unfair and unnecessary academic burden to shoulder. Greater compensation leads to greater expectations. These athletes shouldn’t be required to be students (albeit still an optional and separate option) if their goal is a sports career.
Roger L. Amidon