According to a September 7 report by AP News; Sports Illustrated has notified Oklahoma State University (college football) of its plans to publish alleged school misconduct. The alleged misconduct took place beginning in 2001, and involves, amongst other things, student athletes receiving money and academic misconduct.
In the past year, the NCAA has dealt with a number of infractions so serious that they considered imposing the death penalty. The death penalty, according to Wikipedia, is when a school is banned from competitive sports for at least a year. The Penn State scandal involving Jerry Sandusky was the most publicized story of college impropriety in recent memory.
2012 Heisman Trophy winner and Texas A & M quarterback Johnny Manziel was accused of signing autographs in exchange for money; a violation of NCAA policy. Though the allegations were not proven; Manziel was suspended for the first half of his team’s first game of the season.
According to the website Beyond College Sports; 10 college sports programs each earned over $52 million dollars in gross revenues in 2011. Texas, at over $110 million dollars, was the highest revenue generating school. The revenue figures were based solely on football and basketball earnings.
The recent incidents have again sparked dialogue on whether student athletes should be paid.
Some point to the Bible’s call for us to “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s,” and believe that athletes should be compensated based on the school’s earnings.
Others look at the Biblical parable of “The Workers in the Vineyard,” and view it as similar to any college athlete that knows the rules, agrees to the rules; but later views them as not fair.
Sports Illustrated did not offer any specifics on the allegations.
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Source: AP News