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.


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  • Hammerhead Jul 16, 2014

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    The impression I get when I hear him on the radio is that he thinks academics are an irritation.

  • Corey Jenkins Jul 16, 2014
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    "Get rid of academic standards" Seriously did he really say that? Standards are in place for a reason, if you cannot make the grades, do the work required, in the time frame required, you don't get to play, period. Maybe Logan thinks that if his ineligible players he had at ECU were able to play, he might still have his job there.

  • uBnice Jul 16, 2014

    This article should be sports headline news for college athletics. Logan should be interviewed by ESPN, CNN, Huffington Post, Salon, Washington Post, etc, etc.

    Logan should have been invited to the recent US Senate hearing on the NCAA and college athletics. I wonder if Logan has received a communication from Mark Emmert to cease and desist?! Mark Emmert is against pay-for-play while he earns nearly $2 million a year.

    But no, the story is buried in WRAL online. I think WRAL could get a whole lot more out of this. They should use it as a selling point that they have a former NCAA D1 coach as a columnist with deep insight on the current NCAA mess.

  • jmcdow2792 Jul 16, 2014

    I forgot to say why I agree in part. I don't want to see a system that locks out the true student athelete that is a good student but only an average athelete that has no pro prosepects. Full pay for play would lock these guys out or make it unfair for them.

  • jmcdow2792 Jul 16, 2014

    I agree in part. I would not go to that extent, but certainly in that direction. I have never understood why an athelete can't get a degree in atheletics. Why can't he get credits for the things that he can do well and can make a good living doing? Resistance is jealousy by the academic community in my opinion.

  • Jeanne Gunn Jul 16, 2014
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    Logan is certainly right about the current system not working. He may have a good idea in allowing players to take as much time as they need to graduate, but letting anyone in without regard to academic standards is a slippery slope.

  • uBnice Jul 16, 2014

    There appears to be some honor left amongst men. Thank you, Mr. Logan. As a former coach with a concious, please continue to speak the truth about this system that exploits these young men.

  • Winchester-.308 Jul 15, 2014

    SHHHHH!!! It's the 300 pound gorilla in the room that nobody can see! It's a business, but lets not acknowledge that! It would hurt Crack Pride's feelings. LMAO!

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