Logan says NCAA is a broken system
Posted July 15, 2014
Many people believe student athletes should be treated as full time employees of universities they play for in a pay-for-play system.
Former East Carolina football head coach Steve Logan told Adam and Joe on 99.9 The Fan that he agrees.
Logan related the current NCAA situation to the Olympics.
“My parallel equation to this is the Olympics,” Logan said. “Everybody just went nuts. ‘oh, the Olympics are going to die if you let the pros in.’ They’re bigger than ever!”
Logan argued that being a collegiate athlete is a full time job, because there are times they can’t go to class because of their athletic commitments.
“In the spring semester in Michigan, the baseball players get on a bus, they go to Florida for literally two and three weeks to play games,” he said. “Tell me that’s not a full time job.”
Nearly everyone agrees the NCAA system is broken because of how university higher ups can make money off of the accomplishment of athletes representing their school.
“Here’s how broken it is. The athletic director at Ohio State got an $18,000 raise because the wrestler won a national championship,” he said. “How many times has that athletic director been in a wrestling room where it’s 120 degrees? That is criminal!”
The model is not only broken economically, but also with academic standards.
“The model is broken with academic standards. It’s a joke,” he said. “If they don’t change the model, they will continue to get a Julius Peppers eligible at all costs. That’s going to happen until they get rid of academic standards.”
Logan did not hesitate to give his opinion of how to fix the system so the athletes can be competitive on the field, and in the classroom, if they want to be.
“Let him in school and get out of the way. It’s up to Julius to graduate. Give him a lifetime scholarship, give him a ten year scholarship.
“After four or five years, a Julius Peppers figures out ‘I don’t need college. I’m going to make $100 million.’ The other 94% of the football players in college look up and go ‘hey, I’m not going to make it,’” Logan said.