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Calipari presents his solution for paying players

Posted on: June 22, 2011 2:12 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2011 2:31 pm
By Matt Norlander

Four super-conferences. Yes, this notion has been tossed around here and there in the past couple of years. I don't know if we'll reach that point in the next two decades, but if the NCAA is to ever pay "living expenses" for its student-athletes (also referred to as cost-of-attendance scholarships), John Calipari thinks having a separate state and government for college superpowers is the only feasible way to make it happen.

(Stop right there. senior writer Dennis Dodd has a different solution for this issue. Do give it a read.)

Sort of like turning the NCAA into a big game of Risk, I guess. Move the pieces into new territories and take over the world.

Calipari went on Kentucky Sports Radio this morning (hosted by friend of the blog, Matt Jones) and clarified and expounded upon some answers he gave to Dan Rieffer of WTVQ-Lexington yesterday.

The Kentucky coach said he agrees that the living expense/cost-of-attendance scholarship should be implemented into the college game. Certain universities are receiving so much money these days, it's his belief that players should be compensated for reasonable items. In the interview, he harkens back to a few decades ago when buying a player a soda wasn't deemed criminal.

But those days are gone, and since the hard-and-fast rules of the NCAA are so strict when it comes to money, Calipari's only solution to getting student-athletes funding beyond their scholarships is to have major programs break off from the NCAA and start a rogue set of nations. Basically, have the richest schools move to a fairer, more-balanced playing field. Call it the adult table of college athletics, if you'd like.

"My thing was, there's only one way you can do this," Calipari said. "This is the only way I can see it. You have four super-conferences. A West Coast conference with 16 or 18 teams; a northern conference, you know, where the Big Ten area, of 16 or 18 teams;a southern conference, like the SEC teams, 16 or 18 teams; and an eastern conference like the ACC teams, that have 16 or 18 teams in them. Now, I say 16 or 18 because you could [have] 64 or 72 (teams) and be fine. Because, in football, you'd have nine in each division. They have a playoff championship in their league, the four leagues. Those four winners would be semifinalists for the football championship, and then there'd be a national title game, and the others would play in the bowls. All that television, all that revenue goes back to the 64 or 72 teams -- only those teams. Then you have a basketball tournament with those teams. Those 64 or 72 are in the tournament. Everybody's team is in the tournament."

And that's where you lose me. An NCAA tournament that consists of only the teams from the super-conferences? And everyone automatically qualifies? No. A million, billion times: no. But, for clarity's sake, this isn't what Calipari explicitly wants. He's claiming that it's the only conceivable way he can think of to sufficiently and fairly pay student-athletes.

The football model seems judicious on a few levels, by the way. Interesting to hear one of college basketball's most prominent coaches dispense a plan about how college football can expand and improve its product, and to do it in a way that's pretty imaginable, even if far off. Plenty do believe the swells have already started, though, and that more and more universities are gaining more money and power in the hopes of one day splitting from the NCAA and governing themselves in a way that's unprecedented in American collegiate athletics.

On the topic of fairly paying players, though, if this is the answer, there is no answer.

If you'd like to hear the eight-plus minutes of Calipari's half-baked -- but well-articulated -- plan, have at it.

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Since: Oct 4, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 5:16 pm

Calipari presents his solution for paying players

I mean, that IS going to happen. The SEC, Big TEN, ACC, Pac 12 and Big 12 will pull away from the NCAA and have their own rules, own games and own championships/tournaments. 

I mean, if some random person wants to take a picture of a college athlete star and give him a 50 or 100 bill just for a hey thanks a lot man, you cannot expect him not to take it. If someone waved a 100 dollar bill in my face I'd take it. The NCAA doesn't need to tell me what to do with my money, if I want to give my money to Anthony Davis then that's my choice, the NCAA don't need to know that. Not to mention the NCAA will get you for the most petty shit too, and you all know it. These schools are getting tired of it and what we are seeing is a building for a pull away.  

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: June 27, 2011 12:27 pm

Calipari presents his solution for paying players

Shutup MTCAT. Ur mom liks my blogs. And thats all that maters to me. Loser

Since: Feb 6, 2011
Posted on: June 26, 2011 9:57 am

Calipari presents his solution for paying players

How about if the NCAA, or some combination of the schools, and/or CBS puts together a program where they identify say 200 players each year who have the best potential to be an NBA draft pick.  Provide each kid with an insurance package that says if he gets hurt to the extent that he does not get an NBA contract that upon proper verification of the injury the kid would get a couple of million bucks.  The premiums would be paid by NCAA on behalf of the players.  I do not know but I would guess that the premiums would be fairly low as I dont' think that many players suffer career ending injuries in college.

Seems to me that if they did this that many of the kids would stay in school longer.  Who can blame some poor kid who wants to buy his single momma a house....he may  like to stay in college for several years but he knows beyond doubt that if he continues playing in college and IF he gets hurt then he can kiss all those NBA millions goodbye and momma is never going to get that house. 

The schools and the NCAA and CBS could not care less.  But if the kid knew that worse case if he gets badly hurt that he would get enough money to set up his family and himself for life or at least have the funds to build upon I suspect a lot of the one and done crap would end.  Imagine how nice it would be for the players and the fans and the game of college basketball  if teams actually stayed together for several years.  Imagine if the kids actually graduated from college and enjoyed the college experience with the knowledge that if they get hurt they won't be flipping burgers at mcdonalds.  Of course some would still jump to the NBA for the immediate big bucks but i suspect that a program along these lines would change the game.

It wouldn't solve all the problems but it might be a start.

As for paying the players some amount of spending money it is long long overdue.

Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: June 25, 2011 9:15 pm

Calliope's players making grades ...

... reminds of a fish farm who bait a line with a kernel of sweet corn and let your kid toss it in a pool trout so you&he could brag about being a fisherman.

Aside from the help and tutoring provided, does anyone really believe a UK prof has the option of fairly evaluating the performance of a "student" on scholarship?  The only players likely to get average or below grades are the ones coach Cal would like to 'retrieve' a scholarship from. The athletic department has a list of profs with enough integrity to buck this system, and steers their urban streetballers toward more sympathetic environs to collect a polyester imitation of a sheepskin.

I don't intend to imply this situation is unique, but UK is the place where The Calliope keeps the collection of steam whistles he tootles for 'journalists', at least for a few years until it's time to bail out ahead of the sanctions again.  He'd be much more comfortable in a group like he describes, where oversight and penalties could be forgotten and revenue sharing less of a concern.

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: June 25, 2011 4:55 pm

Calipari presents his solution for paying players

History has the facts that he has paid players before and his players along with him have been cited. Two schools have lost their NCAA status and standing under his leadership.
Did you just make all of that up? Calipari has never been cited for paying a player. Camby and Rose broke rules that cost their schools, fans, teammates, and coaches. Rose cheated in high school, not under Cal's leadership.

Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: June 25, 2011 2:20 pm

Calipari presents his solution for paying players

Coach Cal puts forth an interesting idea. Here's a simpler one:

If you don't value an education and care more about making money right away, don't go to college.

These "student-athletes" get benefits and treatment way beyond what most prospective students could afford: free tuition, room and board, access to special training tables, top-notch training and workout facilities. Just for playing a sport that most profess to love.

Sounds like a great deal already. And if it's not good enough for him, a player doen't have to take it.

Since: Nov 21, 2010
Posted on: June 25, 2011 2:14 pm

Calipari presents his solution for paying players

Calipari wants to implement something that will save money. He's having to pay players too much now and this presents an excellent opportunity to save the school money in its "pay under the table" budget. History has the facts that he has paid players before and his players along with him have been cited. Two schools have lost their NCAA status and standing under his leadership. So what's your point?

Since: Feb 21, 2011
Posted on: June 25, 2011 1:25 pm

Calipari presents his solution for paying players

I think some people forget that STUDENT athletes do get some cases (Stanford, USC, Vanderbilt come to mind) nearly as much as I do, in yearly tuitiion, housing and meal costs.  They should be thankful that they get that.

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: June 24, 2011 9:50 pm

Calipari presents his solution for paying players

Yes! Good-Bye National Communist Athletic Association.You make 11 billion dollars off your college slaves, this is just basketball, and you give them nothing but threats. How great it will be to be free of communist bureacratic control and let the fun begin with super conferences and their tournament! 

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: June 24, 2011 1:06 pm

Calipari presents his solution for paying players

I think Calipari is on the right track.  We need a football playoff, and many states do just fine with HS basketball tournaments that let everyone in.  Those who "don't belong" in all-inclusive basketball tournaments are gone after the first round or two, anyway.  As for paying players, all they have to do is throw the rulebook away and allow players to get outside income from wherever they can.  That way, the schools don't have to pay anyone, but the players can earn money.
As soon as they metaphorically nuke THE Ohio State University's program into the stone age, they should end "shamateurism" once and for all.  

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