Bob is a retired education administrator who was an academic administrator for a local university for 28 years and spent almost 10 years as an administrator/manager at an educational association in Brookfield. He and his wife now run a small consulting business called DeRoche Consulting LLC.
I love to read the “Say What?Quotable“column in the Sports Pages of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. It’s a fun, quick read. A few weeks ago the column had this quote from a veteran professional basketball player with the Detroit Pistons: “I still ain’t spoke to nobody, you know what I’m saying? Nobody ain’t spoke to me about it.” The English in the quote was so bad I wondered if this guy had gone to college. As you may know, most NBA teams get their players from colleges and universities with big time basketball programs. So I did a Google search on him and got information through Wikipedia. It said that he attended the University of Connecticut from 1996-99 and was the named the 1999 NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after UConn’s run to the national title that year. It didn’t say he graduated; just that he attended the University of Connecticut. With English like that I had to ask myself if he learned anything at UConn and question if college coaches and their institutions are really interested in “students as players” or “players as students”. Frank DeFord, a senior writer for Sports Illustrated and a commentator on NPR, has said we should stop pretending that most of these players are “student athletes” and just pay them for playing in Division 1 football and basketball programs. What do you think? Is it time for society to admit that most of these students are not in college to get a degree, and therefore, we should pay them or are enough of them truly student athletes, and therefore, we should not change the system?