Train’s A Comin’ – Part II
Back when I wrote this post, http://eagletotem.net/blog/2014/02/11/trains-comin/7004/, the Northwestern case was still being mulled about in the courts and now that the courts have spoken for now those players are allowed to unionize. Granted, the NCAA has said that it will appeal and apparently Ohio is in the process of creating a law that says athletes are not employees, so it is not quite a settled matter. It appears that we are a step closer to the day when college athletes (at least football and likely basketball players) will get paid.
I don’t think this will have a huge impact on the teams in the upper strata of college football but it will have a huge impact on schools like Eastern. Eastern already supports it’s football program from the general fund and adding another expense will make that even worse. The number I heard mentioned was $2000 per player which would mean another $200,000 expense. As I said before and I’ll say it again, I don’t think the Regents will be able to stomach that number which will force them to make a decision.
Now, I suspect that not all divisions are going to pay their players nor will all schools but that will be one more reason for an athlete to choose another school over Eastern. This will further separate the haves from the have nots. I’m still not sure what the impact on college football will be but I do know it will look different. Will this mean the end of Eastern football? Probably not, but it will probably mean the end of Division 1A Football at Eastern.
In other thoughts…..
I am liking what I am seeing coming out of the Creighton era. I’m not sure if Ron English did that sort of outreach program but I think it is a good thing for the program. It may not pay immediate dividends but I think it will create long term fans of the Eastern Michigan football team. I don’t care where the football player is from but I would imagine a kid would think it’s pretty cool to have one read to him. One of the things Coach Creighton said at one of the basketball games and I’m probably paraphrasing but it makes sense was, “We expect the community to support us…is it too much to support the community in return?”. That is not a phrase that you normally hear out of a coach.
I’m not happy about the thought of losing Jalen Ross and Darrell Combs but I wish them the best wherever they end up.