Pets, Car Repairs and Mom: How College Football Players Use Their Stipends (AB#2)


Giles, Ray…The New York Times , Jan (2017)

Ray Giler , a senior writer for The New York Times shares how college football players use their stipend checks. In this article Giler shows readers exactly how most college football players spend their monthly stipend checks; none of its on “junk” and its almost always never enough. The stipends, which are meant to cover costs not included in a traditional athletic scholarship, have been allowed since before last season. The move came after the Power 5 conferences, acting with the autonomy newly granted them by the N.C.A.A., voted to enlarge the grant-in-aid given to scholarship athletes to include the full cost of attendance. That figure is the more expansive measurement that every college already calculates, and it encompasses expenses like rent, cellphone bills and trips home. Giler has interviewed multiple players from Clemson University to The University Of Washington and has gotten their testimony on how they spend their checks , and this is concrete examples for people to look at. How the players use the stipend money is up to them. Before his car repair, Deon Cain used part of his to cover the $100 fee his younger brother needed to play football at his high school. Clemson Tigers right guard Tyrone Crowder said he decided to spend some of his on a pet but, unable to keep a cat or dog where he lives, he bought a fish tank instead. “Fish are relatively cheap,” he said. Fans interested in what goes on behind the scences of college football particualry with the players would find this article very intersting and Im pretty sure it would shock alot of readers.

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Should college athletes be paid? (AB#1)

Blake Marshall and Jared Walch , the sports writers for The Daily Utah Chronicle argues that athletes should be paid for their performances . College athletics is big business. In fact, the state of Utah’s highest paid public official is Kyle Whittingham (University of Utah Head Football Coach) .Millions of dollars are spent updating stadiums, training facilities and other areas of athletic departments, all for “amateur” athletes to compete. In the article,  Marshall points out how student athletes contributes to their respective university , and the revenue that is coming in; from video game sales and jersey sells. Furthermore, athletes work more than most students. The NCAA has a regulation that is intended to limit training for players to 20 hours per week. In 2011, the NCAA survey conducted in 2011, Division I football players averaged 43 hours a week. Baseball came in second with 42.1 hours and men basketball came in third with 39.2 ( Marshall & Walch ). The NCAA has a regulation that 50% student athletes have to graduate is very loose, but in order to keep the mindset of a student-first mentality, college athletes are not “paid” (Marshall &Walch 2016). The purpose of this article is to help “shine the light” on athletes being mistreated and abused by major colleges and universities. Those who will find this article most useful are fans interested in college football and the players , and the daily struggles would find this article interesting also people who play the NCAA football video games, because it will answer a lot of their questions and wonders .

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