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Yeah, college athletes are already getting paid

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by NDJournalist, Apr 10, 2014.

  1. NDJournalist

    NDJournalist Active Member

    Steven Godfrey pushed out a great story on SBNation today behind the scenes with SEC "bag men," the people who help finance the football players' lifestyles.

    The access is great, as is the revelation into how much power those bag men can have in making a head coach a lame duck.

  2. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    But, but, AMATEURISM!!!
  3. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Five bills above the table is better than five bills under it. Give the kids a modest sum and go on with it.
  4. NDJournalist

    NDJournalist Active Member

    While I agree they definitely should be compensated, "five bills over the table" doesn't eliminate the five below it.
  5. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    There's only a finite amount of money. If the boosters wanted to give 10 bills, they would already be doing so.
  6. NDJournalist

    NDJournalist Active Member

    If you read the story, the boosters aren't the ones paying. The rich people give to the school so the bathrooms can get painted, or so said a quote from the story. Those people aren't likely to pay players.

    The ones who typically do so are those with about $10-15K of extra income per year that they can use to recruit high school players and keep satisfied current college players.
  7. Alma

    Alma Well-Known Member

    These guys probably give their share to the school.

    Did the writer quote one guy or many guys? As the story went on, attribution disappeared.
  8. NDJournalist

    NDJournalist Active Member

    Many guys. There is a video at the bottom.
  9. SixToe

    SixToe Active Member

    I wondered about this, too.
  10. NDJournalist

    NDJournalist Active Member

    I think the third paragraph of the story pretty much answers this:

    "Technically, this conversation never happened, because I won't reveal this man's name or the player's, or even the town I visited. Accordingly, all the other conversations I had with different bag men representing different SEC programs over a two-month span surrounding National Signing Day didn't happen either"
  11. Bob Cook

    Bob Cook Active Member

    The story is great, and it's worth watching the interview at the bottom, too. Godfrey explains why he took the approach he did, and even the cloak-and-dagger stuff he had to do while reporting. These guys are really, really secretive, so they couldn't be seen looking like he was interviewing them. So Godfrey would excuse himself to go the bathroom, and leave himself voicemails or write down stuff on toilet paper or napkins to remember for later.
  12. Bob Cook

    Bob Cook Active Member

    Godfrey is having an AMA on Reddit at 1 p.m. ET today:

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