A really refreshing article about how the NCAA system makes Reggie Bush out to be the bad guy when the amateur athletic system of orcement is culpable and hypocritical.
But here’s what matters most: Bush has become the fall guy for a Division 1 football system that bankrupts its players while pouring money into the pockets of fat cats in executive suites. Rather than blame Bush, we should blame the system, which is in desperate need of an overhaul.
What I appreciate about the viewpoint is not saying that we're piling on too much, but instead saying that the system is rigged to begin with and those doing the rigging are at fault.
The line between amateur and professional football has never been so hazy, and the concept of the innocent “student athletes” playing for the pride of old Harvard was abandoned decades ago. The game is now a business, and the only people who don’t take a cut are the players. Instead, many of them are manipulated by greedy agents and corrupt coaches.
“Reggie Bush makes a little bit of money and somehow he’s made out to be the only bad guy in this, which seems ridiculous to me,” says Kevin Carey, policy director at Education Sector, a Washington think tank. “He was generating fantastic amounts of money for USC —both for the coaches and the university, in the form of alumni contributions—as well as for the people who run ESPN. And yet somehow he’s being shamed for getting a little value for what he’s contributing. The hypocrisy is mind-boggling.”
It supports my contention that collegiate athletics should go the same way "amatuerism" went in the Olympics.