Former South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney could be a top 5 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, but according to ESPN.com Clowney would have considered staying if he would have gotten paid.
“Yes. Having to take care of my family, it would have made a difference if I’d have gotten paid,” Clowney said on “Jim Rome” on Showtime. “If I would have had the chance to take care of my family through college, I would have probably stayed in college.”
Clowney explained that schools sell players jerseys and makes money off of tickets so there should be some type of compensation for the players.
Clowney makes sense but their is a slight problem.
According to USA Today:
Just 23 of 228 athletics departments at NCAA Division I public schools generated enough money on their own to cover their expenses in 2012. Of that group, 16 also received some type of subsidy — and 10 of those 16 athletics departments received more subsidy money in 2012 than they did in 2011.
South Carolina is one of the schools to actually make a profit off of football.
Their still may be changes though in the foreseeable future
On Wednesday, attorneys for a group of Northwestern players and the college players’ association testified in a preliminary hearing to determine whether the players should be considered employees under the National Labor Relations Act. Another hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.
We will see how this plays out.