LAWRENCE, Kan – The wait is over. Jayhawk fans can exhale. However, the mockery of college academics continue. Josh Selby, the nation’s top-rated recruit out of Baltimore, has been cleared by the NCAA to play basketball at Kansas this season. He will become eligible on December 18, following a nine game suspension for accepting impermissible benefits prior to signing with KU.
“I think it’s a fair ruling, yes I do,” said Kansas coach Bill Self following Friday night’s 93-60 victory over North Texas. “I think it’s a fair ruling because the rules are black and white — 30 percent of games (when impermissible benefits are over $1,000), and that’s 30 percent.”
I guess we’re supposed to sound the trumpets and get excited. Coach Self gets his blue chip recruit. The NCAA will receive millions more in sports revenue. And Selby will be afforded the chance to showcase his wide range of skills before national television audiences and NBA scouts. It’s a ‘win win’ for everybody, right?
Look, I’ve had it with the silly “one-and-done” rule in college basketball. I think it’s stupid and unconstitutional. “It’s a bad rule,” said Kansas State basketball coach Frank Martin during our last interview. Self concurred: “It’s a very bad rule.” Most coaches around the country echo the same thing. Yet, they continue to exploit the clueless and benefit financially from the rule’s implementation.
Selby has no intentions of pursuing a college degree at Kansas. None. Neither did Xavier Henry who said “goodbye” to KU after just one season. Kevin Durant and Michael Beasley ditched their respective campuses for the NBA following freshman seasons too. Man, this is really getting old. Somebody in the legislature needs to grow a pair and do something to help suppress this madness.
The exploitation of the young black athlete has spiraled completely out of control. And nobody cares.
What do I mean by exploitation? The NCAA doesn’t pay its athletes. They simply reap the monetary benefits comprised of billions in television revenue, ticket, logo and apparel sales. The defense is weak. NCAA executives can no longer hide behind the “kids are receiving a free education” excuse. Granting full-ride scholarships means diddly squat anymore because talented athletes (like Selby) aren’t staying in college anyway.
This, my friends, is the ultimate ‘pimp game’ in its purest form.
Talented amateurs (like Selby) often move on to earn millions playing professionally either in the states or overseas. The overwhelming majority, however, are sent back to the ghetto destitute without the luxury of owning a college degree. That’s a huge problem. Even those athletes fortunate enough to compete for salary at the highest level are stuck with a distinct disadvantage.
Check this out. According to BusinessPundit.com, 78% of NFL players and 60% of NBA players are dead broke by retirement. Can you believe that? 78 and 60%? Unbelievable.
You could make a strong case such high percentages have everything to do with irresponsible athletes leaving college too early; instead of finishing school and obtaining the knowledge/skills necessary to combat financial illiteracy. Selby is a phenomenal talent. No question about it. His presence automatically elevates Kansas to national contender status.
But his circumstance represents everything that’s wrong with college athletics.
“I’m happy I got everything over with the NCAA. I did nothing wrong. They made that decision. We have to follow some rules,” said an elated Selby. “I’m just happy it didn’t turn out in the same situation as Enes Kanter (ineligible Kentucky player), missing the whole season. I’m happy to be back out there with my team.
“Even though I’m disappointed I have to miss nine games, I’m happy that I know when I can be on the court with my teammates. I’m looking forward to helping my team win another conference championship.”
See, the NCAA pimp game continues.
Wayne Hodges, an MBA from St. Mary University, is the Editor-in-Chief of MassAppealNews.com. He also serves as District Committee Delegate in Johnson County and he’s an adjunct professor in Kansas City.