Don’t Pay College Athletes: Education Should be Main Concern



Rodger Mallison (MCT Campus)

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel watches the action at the AT&T Cotton Bowl game in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on January 24, 2013. Manziel reportedly autographed multiple pictures and had been paid for it, however there was no hard evidence of the money being paid to him. As a consequence, he was unable to play the first half of Texas A&M’s first football game against Rice to start the 2013-2014 season.

Will Petersen, Co-Sports Editor

Free school through athletic scholarships should enough for college athletes.

There has been talk recently about whether the deal NCAA athletes get from their scholarship is enough. Some say that they deserve to be paid while others like myself believe that NCAA athletes should go through college with a scholarship, focusing on school as well as their sport.

The argument posed by those who support athlete compensation in the NCAA believe these players deserve the money they help to bring to their university. Pay-For-Play supporters think  that some star NCAA athletes such as football quarterbacks and basketball power forwards who bring the most publicity and/or most money to a university should receive some of that income. These people believe that these star NCAA athletes should get the same treatment that professional athletes do in that they are allowed to receive a salary for what they do for their university.

NCAA athletes should not be paid for playing sports at their school. Remember when a university was a place for people to learn? Sports are and always will be a large part of college pride, whether you’re an athlete or not. However, people sometimes forget that while these athletes are at their school because they are recognized for greatness in their sport, the main purpose of a university is for students to learn so that they can mature and gain knowledge that they can use for the rest of their lives. If these athletes are skilled enough, they may have the chance to play in the pros, and with both a college education and skills in a sport, you are given the decision.

There is nothing wrong with these players pursuing their lifelong dreams of making it to the pros. I simply believe that these athletes should also take advantage of their time in college and they should gain as much knowledge as possible.