College athletes should be paid. They already are paid. They’re not compensated enough. Those are the three basic stances in the on-going debate right now surrounding college sports.
For college basketball players, it usually centers on the one-and-done players and those at marquee programs. Should guys like Jared Sullinger earn a slice of the massive pie Ohio State makes while he’s playing basketball for the school? Or is the exposure, the coaching and the education he receives while there compensate him enough?
That was one of the Costas Live segments the other night.
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But for those who want more reading on the topic, might I suggest this story by Dave Berri over at Freakonomics? He provides insight and links to many writers who’ve already devoted ample time to the subject. Makes for interesting reading as the NBA draft deadline approaches.
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Illinois suffered another blow in what has already turned out to be a brutal season.
Mike Thorne is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing his meniscus. He reportedly underwent surgery on Monday to repair the injury.
Thorne, a transfer from Charlotte, was starting at center for the Illini and doing a good job of it as well. He was averaging 13.4 points and 8.4 boards, although Illinois has started off the season 3-4.
The reason for that slow start has mainly been those injuries. Tracy Abrams is already out for the season after tearing his achilles, and the Illini training room looked like a M.A.S.H. unit. Kendrick Nunn just returned two games ago from surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament. LeRon Black is still getting back to speed after offseason knee surgery. Jaylon Tate is back after dislocating a finger. Jalen Coleman-Lands was slowed by a stress fracture.
John Groce entered this season on the hot seat, and dealing with all of these injuries certainly isn’t helping his cause.
We talk about a lot of stuff of the podcast today, mainly because a lot of stuff happened since we last spoke with you all.
For starters, we need to discuss the ‘realness’ of Syracuse and Xavier. Are they both truly top 15 teams, or do they just have top 15 resumes? We also dive into Chris Mack’s epic troll-job of Dayton at the Advocare Invitational final.
Other topics we touched on: Whether or not Scott is ever going to apologize to Wayne Selden, Wichita State’s tournament hopes, Texas A&M and whether we’d take Ben Simmons, Kris Dunn or Denzel Valentine today.
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