moochman wrote:I have to go against the flow here. I think that there will be very rare exceptions where a high school kid can play pro. That said, I want more of these kids to want to enter the draft. It could make the hippocritical NCAA take notice of the fraud they are calling student athletes. What NCAA sports is is not a place for student athletes to perform, but a trade school for athletes to try and nohe their skills to gain employment in their chosen field. Drop the facade of student-athlete. I'm not saying athlets shouldn't be required to attend classes, but there whould be classes molded toward there betterment. Like how to avoid bad agents or financial advisors, for example. Or even just survival skills like reading and math. If they want to take "real" classes they still can, so the few students can get their degrees. But if you are stupid and Ohio State doesn't want you, then what are your options?
The NCAA whith their smug, elitist attitude is doing a great dis-service to those who aren't smart enough to fake it in college. And if the NCAA is all about the students then tell me how a high-schooler who enters the draft and (as prolly all 6 of this year's crop) aren't drafted is not still eligible to play in college?
Nice post. I'm going to agree with you here, and I have to wonder about regulations prohibiting the "student-athlete" from getting paid. Essentially, it's a way to allow colleges to make huge profits from these kids bodies......
Now I'm not saying the answer is to pay these kids, but I think it is a topic that the NCAA needs to investigate further.
And why not turn the Arena and European leagues into farm leagues? I don't know what regulations these leagues have on age, but I don't see a reason for not allowing kids out of HS to play in either of these leagues......just keep um out of the NFL please!