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Barkley admits he took agent money at Auburn

Sep 17, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

Charles Barkley’s never been shy about speaking his mind. But he’s outdone himself this time.

The NBA legend admitted on the Dan Patrick Show that he received money from agents while playing at Auburn in the ’80s. And — no surprise — he doesn’t have any regrets about it.

“If a guy wants to borrow money from an agent because he’s poor, what is wrong with that?” Barkley told Patrick. “Nobody can tell me what is wrong with that. I got money from agents when I was in college and I went in the 80s. Most of the players I know borrowed money from agents. The colleges don’t give us anything. If they give us a pair of sneakers, they get in trouble. Why can’t an agent lend me some money and I’ll pay him back when I graduate?”

The topic came up because Barkley and Patrick were discussing Reggie Bush and his decision this week to return the Heisman Trophy Bush won in 2005. Bush was later found to have received money and other illegal benefits from agents. Barkley offered a simple solution.

“Reggie made one mistake. He should have paid those (agents) back and this whole thing never would have happened,” he told Patrick

It’s no surprise that Barkley, a three-time All-SEC selection and the No. 5 overall pick in the 1984 NBA draft, advocates college athletes should be paid. He doesn’t think it should be massive money, but a stipend for some “walking around money.”

Want more? Listen to the entire interview here.

(H/T: Jeff Eisenberg)

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  1. KPQ - Sep 17, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    It’s Charles Barkley, why am I not surprised?

    • sirtooncesthecat - Dec 3, 2010 at 9:04 PM

      It’s the SEC, why am I not surprised?

      meow!!!

  2. Gonzoberger - Sep 17, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    Maybe the real students that are there to learn should get a little “walking around” money too. I mean really, where are the priorities with this guy.

  3. bigg - Sep 17, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    SWEET !!…finally..someone …a republican at that with the balls to actually state this…and the enlightenment to actually understand the plight, and the corrupt nature of the college slave system..err..I mean the college “student”-athlete.

  4. doris - Sep 17, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    The kids cannot work when they play sports in college//too much time on the court and in the classroom//they have to keep their GPA up//they need to be paid something and things like this will not happen//I don,t think Bush should have given the trophy back, he worked hard for it//
    My son went to college on a basketball scholarship and as a single mother, I could not afford to buy the expensive shoes or the cloths he needed for road trips. If his coach had not helped out,he would not have been able to play. I think colleges should set up a special fund for the teams to handle the things the kids need to live on while in school. It would cut down on a lot of abuse of power.These kids are making a lot of money for these colleges.They should spend a little of it on them.

  5. TAR - Sep 17, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    Why does everyone say these guys don’t get any compensation? They get a free education, food, and room & board. Plus, his sneaker comment is completely ridiculous. Big school athletes get free shoes every couple of months for games. These guys are living better than 75% of working adults out there.

  6. Andy - Sep 17, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    doris,
    you don’t think the college students getting free food and scholarship to get a degree to play a children’s game is enough ? Infact, many of them aren’t bright enough to get into the university that they play for, and take away from an intelligent student that deserved to go to that university. Now, on top of that, you also want them to get paid ? See how much they get paid at burger king without the free degree that the receive.

  7. andy - Sep 17, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    Also,
    For those that believe that the athletes should be paid to play, that’s fine, but then they should have to pay college tuition/room and board/meal money like the rest of the student body. Also, they should have to get into the schools that they can with their grades. Watch how many basketball players get into Duke with their 2.0 grade point averages…

  8. Lion Woods - Sep 17, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    The student athlete should be paid a stipend. The colleges (at least most Div-1A) make a ton of cash and thus some of this revenue should be given to the student athletes as an allowance if you will. When they are not in class they are practicing or in the weight room… studying playbooks or the like. So much time consumed to make the university money. Share the wealth.

  9. LBH - Sep 17, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    Does this mean he will have to give up his Heisman?

    • sirtooncesthecat - Dec 3, 2010 at 9:05 PM

      Yes, one day Cam will have to give up his Heisman.

      meow!!!

  10. Lion Woods - Sep 17, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    the student that is there on scholarship academa has time for a job. the student athlete on the other hand… his sport is his job.

  11. G B - Sep 17, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    If you need walking around money college then get a part time job. Why should a atheletes have special privileges, they don’t go to classes anyways so find a part time job at school

  12. Keir - Sep 17, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    I think there is a happy medium. How much money above and beyond tuitions, rooming, etc. do schools make on an athletes name? They sell jerseys, posters and such of their star athletes, don’t they? Maybe if Reggie Bush got a portion of his jersey sales he would not have done what he did.

  13. Anonymous - Sep 17, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    Yea right, the schools and conferences make millions and the student gets a $60,000 education, something is wrong with that math don’t you think? This is a business for these AD’s and conference members, thats the equivalent of you being paid minimum wage for all the work you do.

  14. df2367 - Sep 17, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    Ahh! There is a special fund…. it’s called a student loan Doris!
    I was a student athlete, on full scholarship playing 3 sports and my parents couldn’t afford to give me money either. I’m still paying back those loans for “walking around” money that included meals, books, etc! You don’t take money from agents as a student athlete period and it isn’t the schools responsibility to pay for anything but the scholarship!

  15. ron - Sep 17, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    why do you call it special privilages. if an agent wants to give money to a biology major student, he can take it. the point is that wont happen, because he is not an athlete and not valuable to the agent. he will make his money at a very lucrative job someday.the school is not giving the money to these athletes, the agents are. everybody is making to big of a deal of athletes borrowing money from agents.if i was poor, i would take the money.get a life.this is how it works in america.you receive compensation for your skills and entertainment value. everybody is just jealous they dont have people throwing money at them to throw a ball.

  16. Rusty - Sep 17, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    Anyone that says a FREE college education isn’t enough for these guys is nuts! If they want more, don’t go to college – play semi-pro ball and get a blasted job! Or, let that agent pay your way until you’re eligible to go pro. If you’re good enough, you’ll get picked up eventually. However, the problem with that logic is two-fold. It denies the institution the TV rights and endorsements that generate revenue (and please don’t tell me that revenue goes toward bringing in more underprivileged students). Also, that so-called ‘student athlete’ has too big a sense of entitlement, and can’t possibly see himself flipping burgers or riding on the side of a trash truck! Anyone with half a clue should understand that the opportunity for a free college education should not be passed up. These athletes are obviously attending for the sole purpose of showcasing their talents and honing their skills. If that can be stipulated, then I will agree that they should be compensated. Maybe they should hire them as school employees? Then they can stop calling them students and pay them what they’re worth?

  17. knowlaw - Sep 17, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    The reason they don’t is 1) they don’t make money for the school 2) they are not being exploited 3) taking drama class doesn’t subject you to possible life altering injuries

  18. Lumburgh - Sep 17, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    Why not seperate the 2? Solves the problem. Takes the sports out of the colleges and make it like the minor leagues in baseball. Basically college football and basketball are the minor leagues of the NFL and NBA. That way the athletes can get paid legally and if they choose to go to school on their own then so be it becuase let’s admit it, most of them aren’t there to get an education.

  19. RM - Sep 17, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    They ARE paid, Charles!
    It’s called tuition. If you bothered to attend a class at Auburn you would know this.

  20. Dan - Sep 17, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    That sounds good. Now here is a easier solution, Don’t join the NCAA if you don’t want to go by the rules period. Nobody is twisting the schools arm here.

  21. JB - Sep 17, 2010 at 2:49 PM

    Just another reason why he hates white people….

  22. ratherbgolfing - Sep 17, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    Poor argument 1) the money they make is returned to the other sports that are not revenue producers. If this is the case then the only athletes that should make any money are football and basketball players since they are the only sports which truly make money. I guess we should forget about the other athletes in the other sports. 2) A lot of these athletes are exploiting the college for their “degrees”.3) That’s the choice of the athlete. Lets look at a real alternative. Let these athletes take a loan out for “walking around money”. In four years that shouldn’t amount to any more than $15,000-$20,000. The alternative is not play a sport, pay for tuition and room/board and owe $75,000 or more in loans when you graduate. Hmmm… which way would I go. I can’t believe how much these athletes are taken advantage of. Get real.

  23. Toosano - Sep 17, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    HA. Everybody else makes money off of college sports, why shouldn’t the players get some walking around cash?
    What a royal hypocrisy.

  24. toosano - Sep 17, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    HA. Everybody else makes money off of college sports, why shouldn’t the players get some walking around cash?
    What a royal hypocrisy.

  25. ZITIZ64 - Sep 17, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    I LOVE THE IDEA THAT “ATHLETES RULE”. IF THE ARTS WERE INVOLVED THEN NOT 1 DIME WOULD BE CALLED FOR.IS SPORTS THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS? GUESS SO

  26. Anonymous - Sep 17, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    They can’t / are forbidden to get part time jobs:)

  27. Anonymous - Sep 17, 2010 at 3:09 PM

    Just published: only 14 of the top 120 division one athletic programs make money.

  28. RDC - Sep 17, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    It happens ALL THE TIME!
    A good friend of mine was offered the world if he played football for a top university. NCAA is totally corrupt! Schools get millions on the backs of the players and they make it illegal to give them anything, it’s a loose loose situation for the players while in school.

  29. SPETER12 - Sep 17, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    They cannot have a job per NCAA guidelines.

  30. Dee - Sep 17, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    Maybe the “real” students that are there to learn should generate hundreds of millions for their universities too.

  31. sport fan - Sep 17, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    If my memory serves me correct student athletes on a NCAA Div-1, or Div-2 athletic scholar ship has language in there that they are not allowed to take on jobs during the school year. and with most football programs these kids are on campus most of the summer with spring programs and mandatory workouts and such. Also some of them take the bulk of their classes during summer sessions in order to maintain elgibility because they take lighter class loads during their given sport season.
    I read a story once that a football player who was on his schools Dean’s list turned down his NCAA athletic scholarship because he had qualified for full academic scholarship. Because he did that he was able to take on job where he saved and invested the money he made for after graduation. I wish I could recall who it was or what school he attended, but I thought he should have taught a class to student athletes.

  32. stebo - Sep 17, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    I guess he hates his wife, then?

  33. Jesse - Sep 17, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    NCAA is a farm system for the NFL and kids should be compensated in their senior year or once a player is identified as a pro-prospect. What if a kid gets hurt during college and his career is over. If the kid majors in communications or journalism that’s still not as lucrative as NFL contract. Colleges are making money off these kids playing football and they should share it with the players. Remember Jim Thorpe was stripped of his track olympic metals for taking money from baseball and now the Olympics use professional atheletes to make money not to compete. They want more television revenue than they care about ethics anymore. Football is the only sport that atheletes cannot get paid at a young age. Baseball, basketball, and soccer players can get millions without going to college.

  34. don - Sep 17, 2010 at 3:31 PM

    Players cheat, coaches cheat and college’s look the other way… Until someone gets caught…
    Only one difference in all this… Who has been caught and who has not been caught..

  35. Jack - Sep 17, 2010 at 3:39 PM

    If they do have a job, they are limited to how much they can make an hour. They have to report how much they make and someone has to stare over their shoulder to make sure they actually did the work they got paid for.
    There was a football player for Oklahoma I think, he was a musician and the NCAA forbade him from releasing his CD because a booster might buy them all out at an exorbatant price to get around the system.

  36. Anonymous - Sep 17, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    He is talking about the 80s. What about the smaller schools? I got 20.00 a month as a basketball player in 1968. Everyone had more than me and I couldn’t even get a part time job. In this day and age college sports are cash cows for a lot of schools. If they didn’t have to provide woman sports, a lot more schools would be in the black. Why, because students have talent folks are willing to pay to see them. It is a glorified plantation with indenture workers of all races.

  37. matt - Sep 17, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    Regular students have the option to work. The student-athlete does not. And often the regular student goes to college by pay willing thier own way, a.k.a can afford it and/or get’s loans which also cover “walking around money” Athletes on scholarship cannot get loans and are not allowed to work or they lose their scholarships which many need because they cannot afford school otherwise.
    I wont even go into the athletes make universities millions of dollars argument, because what i said above should be enough.

  38. JB - Sep 17, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    Have to ask him, he said it. “Logical” or “sensible” are rarely used in the same sentence when referring to him.

  39. ratherbgolfing - Sep 17, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    Last I checked becoming a student-athlete was a choice. If you don’t like the way it is set up than go about getting your degree a different way. It was also said before, there are only a handful of schools that generate large amounts of money. If we want to start letting the colleges pay their athletes than this handful of universities will be able to pay the most and always have the best players and teams. So much for parity.

  40. ratherbgolfing - Sep 17, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    Poor argument 1) the money they make is returned to the other sports that are not revenue producers. If this is the case then the only athletes that should make any money are football and basketball players since they are the only sports which truly make money. I guess we should forget about the other athletes in the other sports. 2) A lot of these athletes are exploiting the college for their “degrees”.3) That’s the choice of the athlete. Lets look at a real alternative. Let these athletes take a loan out for “walking around money”. In four years that shouldn’t amount to any more than $15,000-$20,000. The alternative is not play a sport, pay for tuition and room/board and owe $75,000 or more in loans when you graduate. Hmmm… which way would I go. I can’t believe how much these athletes are taken advantage of. Get real.

  41. Michael - Sep 17, 2010 at 3:58 PM

    I’d bet the farm Charles didn’t pay these guys back.Remember folks he doesn’t even pay his gambling debts. Who is he kidding.

  42. Jeffrey - Sep 17, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    Uh, just to clarify…Barkley has stated he is not a Republican & doesn’t know where that started. Hey, he’s even called for much higher taxes on the rich “because we can afford it” and that doesn’t sound too Republican to me.

  43. Youravgjoe - Sep 17, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    Barkley is completely right. College athletes are completely exploited. They earn top dollar for their Universities, and are kept in poverty by the NCAA’s completely illogical rules, which don’t even let the athletes work outside their sport for a living. Most of the college athletes are not even on scholarship. most of these athlestes don’t turn pro. Additionally, the schedules of many of these athletes makes the serious pursuit of academics an impossibility. I don’t think anyone is arguing that college athletes need to be paid pro salaries, but a livable stipend would go a long way. It would also probably reduce corruption. Kudos to Barkley for using his bully pulpit to speak out for powerless students.

  44. Anonymous - Sep 17, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    It’s all about the revenue. The school makes millions on these people and the people or suppose to be destitute. Charles is right if Reggie had a sip-pen a Agent wouldn’t have been necessary.

  45. TJL - Sep 17, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    Barkley does have a valid point. These 18-22 year old kids on full scholorships are not allowed to work during the school year. The scholorship pay tuition, room and board. If a kids needs shoes, clothes, supplies there is no mechanism to support that if if family can’t provide it. Other college students, even on academic scholarships, are allowed to work and have no limit/cap on any additional money they earn. Even ROTC cadets get a $300 monthly allowance. As much money as college athletes bring in through their jersey sales, tv contracts, bowl appearances, the money is potential there so these kids can at least have some spending money for a movie, McDonalds, clothes, etc.

  46. Samantha - Sep 17, 2010 at 4:02 PM

    OK, I demand Auburn be put on probation for this!!!!!!!!

  47. keepitreal - Sep 17, 2010 at 4:03 PM

    I love how Andy put everyone in the same pot. There are a number of athletes who are excellent students. Additionally, regular students aren’t driving revenue to the university. The university doesn’t profit off of major TV deals and bowl games from regular students. The amount of money brought into some of the university’s are insane. College athletes aren’t allowed to work certain parts of the year because of the committment within the program. Andy is a grumpy wannabe athlete who couldn’t put on a jock strap

  48. jran71ii - Sep 17, 2010 at 4:06 PM

    College Sports should not be amatuer sports. These kids play and make big money for the schools they attend. When they play they put their bodies and futures on the line each game they play. An injury can end a promising career in an instant. Sure alot of these kids get a free ride. But the School gets publicity and they get their money back ten fold. How bout we make the schools responsible for dividing 25 percent of ticket sales, Royalties and any advertising money they receive in conjuction with their programs amongst the players on the team. Give the kids a little money to live on, Let them live decently. Let agents loan team members money but make it illegal for them to collect if the college player doesnt make it to the pro’s. That way the kids make money from the school and lucrative agents take a risk when shelling out money.

  49. Youravgjoe - Sep 17, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    Jeffrey, the nasty rumors that Barkley is a Republican originated from an anecdote he shared a few years back about a conversation he had with his mother about politics. His mother commented to him that Republicans stand up for the rich, not the common man, and Barkley relied, “But mom, I am rich.”. Whether the anecdote is true or not, who knows. Maybe he was joking.

  50. Tammi King - Sep 17, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    Wrong why should the School benefit from these multi Billion dollars athletic programs and prostitute the kids. Yeah they get a schlarship but with the money that they are rolling in they could give out thousnads yet they a give less than 50 a year. Do you know how much the University of Michigan program is worth guess where that money came from people paying for football tickets to watch our children pay.
    Give them money or gift cards for teach semester to stores where things can only be bought that are needed.
    500 gist card to Clothing Store
    500 gift card for Restauraunts
    200 gift card for Entertainment.
    They can not work because they slave and practice like dogs seven days a week between that and class there is nothing. Than when they do have some downtime they have no money because they are not allowed to work give me a break stop the pimping universities

  51. Jeff Green - Sep 17, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    @ Gonzonberger
    the real students don’t bring millions of dollars to the schools!!

  52. cd - Sep 17, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    If you pay them a stipend of 200 dollars a month, some will say thats not enough, and agents/boosters will give them more.Never ending cycle. Then the star QB will say that they should get more of a stipend than the backup, or someone that plays baseball. They don’t have to play college athletics.

  53. Will - Sep 17, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    The question shouldn’t be whether or not the student athletes should get compensation for their talents. The major division 1 sports bring in much more money to the schools and conferences than their tuitions are worth. The question should be whether or not the NCAA should be holding the “amiture” status of an athlete as an eligibility requirement for them to compete in collegiate sports. One could argue the NCAA, being essentially a monopoly governing body (there aren’t any competing major college governing bodies) should not have the right to restrict adults from earning whatever compensation they can for their services in a capitalist society. Afterall they NCAA and conferences are free to negotiate their product for TV, radio revenue, etc without the players receiving anything in return. The “student” athletes receive their education and free room and board but have no individual earning power whatsoever. They should of course not “pay” students to play for the school, HOWEVER they SHOULD NOT restrict the athletes’ ability to make money on endorsements or sponserhips. The era of the “amiture” athlete is obsolete and there needs changes to protect the interests of the athletes who are the sole reason fans enjoy these sports.

  54. EdTampa - Sep 17, 2010 at 4:29 PM

    Real students don’t put money into the coffers of colleges. student athletes especially football and basketball players make millions for universities. Don’t get mad at Barkley, he was a player took auburn to the NCAA and didn’t get a dime from the university, but the NCAA and by extension the University made millions off of TV deal with CBS, Jersey and ticket sales etc.

  55. scott - Sep 17, 2010 at 4:35 PM

    They can’t have a job because they were getting paid not not showing up!
    I went to duke a few years back and there were many boosters paying the kids.
    Big programs know how to beat the system!:)

  56. scott - Sep 17, 2010 at 4:35 PM

    They can’t have a job because they were getting paid not not showing up!
    I went to duke a few years back and there were many boosters paying the kids.
    Big programs know how to beat the system!:)

  57. King James - Sep 17, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    I agree 100%. What is tuition at these major universities these days? A full scholarship is worth somewhere around the $100,000.00 mark for four years. When I was that age I was earning about 20,000 a year gross. I’m sure my 25,000 a year estimate is low but I wanted to be conservative here.
    My daughter who started college last year and finished with her worst grade being an A- has to struggle for school funding. Colleges are still institutions for education, right? We are talking Deans List the 1st semester and Presidents List the 2nd semester and she is studying to be a math teacher. She gets a couple bucks here and there. You get some kid that runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds and can throw a ball but barely squeaked through high school with a lot of help and they get a full ride. They have a place to sleep, they have all they need to eat and if they want to put forth the effort they can learn something too.
    Lets get our priorities straight in this country and take pop culture off its pedestal.

  58. McCnairs - Sep 17, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    I don’t know if the rules on jobs have changed or not. But when I was in college in the early 90’s I worked part time at an appliance store in Austin Texas that was owned by a UT booster. Every summer he would hire 2 or 3 football players. Some of the guys would really work and some just sat around doing nothing because they knew they would not get fired. THESE WERE ALL FOOTBALL PLAYERS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS.
    So don’t tell me they can’t get jobs. I have seen them do it with my own eyes.

  59. stj - Sep 17, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    They do get paid. College tuition at a major university with room and board would run around $20K per year. That’s at least $80K for four years and that doesn’t include a redshirt season.

  60. mch - Sep 17, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    Call me crazy but I thought the school was giving you something? An education, housing, food, and not to mention exposure to help you get to the next level?

  61. Chris - Sep 17, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    Stop making the argument that because athletes get a free education, then they shouldn’t get compensated.
    Graduate students around the country work research or teaching assistantships for 20 hours/week and can get their tuition paid for and a modest monthly stipend ($1200-2000/month). Is it out of the question for scholarship athletes to get a similar return? They certainly put in at least 20 hours per week and just like grad students are helping the professors they work for, athletes are helping the athletic department make money.

  62. aaron - Sep 17, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    Most football players and basketball players get scholarships. And if they live off campus they can live with others to lower rent and still receive the same amount of room and board money. Any smart person would do this, most athletes at my school figured that out already and have plenty of walk around money. They should also be happy not to be up to their heads in loans. Happy that they get a couple of years of free coaching from perhaps the best coaches in the country in some of the best facilities in the country, and also happy that if they do well they can go pro and make a minimum of a couple hundred thousand dollars. Other student-athletes in different sports are not so lucky, I know a national champion in track who has half a scholarship and another All-American who is on a book scholarship. I guess I’d be happy for student athletes getting payed, it would add the the NCAA Opportunity fund which is about $530 a year for every student athlete. Up that to a $1000 or more and I’d be really happy. You also can’t forget hold over money, if your sport competes when school is out of session you get about $50 a day. Baseball players in the College World Series really like that. Travel money is also great, nice to get $50-$150 for away meets, $10 for home meets each day. Take a recruit out you get some entertainment money. Not a bad deal especially when you barely do anything for a semester and can still have a job.

  63. chris - Sep 17, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    The Heisman had already done its work. Receiving it gave him a huge bonus in his initial contract negotiations. past that it wasn’t anything but a statue. he just wants the controversy gone and giving it back hastens that. I would have given it back too….

  64. rwhite - Sep 17, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    Gonzoberger,
    You are an idiot! If’s it’s all about an education, why do they have sports program in which the schools and coaches make millions off those poor minority kids? People like you are so self-righteous.

  65. Anonymous - Sep 17, 2010 at 5:14 PM

    I believe in Division 1 sports and athlete is not allowed to have a part time job to obtain “walking around money” so what do they do?

  66. Brian - Sep 17, 2010 at 5:15 PM

    Hold on a second. Why do colleges have sports programs for in the first place…to attract students to the universities! They are entertainment, a way for those students to connect emotionally with that university. So, the athletes are entertainment. To get the best “entertainers,” the university offers scholarships to the athlete in exchange for the prospect of having the best team. But as the “student/athletes” and parents of regular students soon find out, college costs are more that room and board, tuition, and books. Parents send just as much “walking around money” as they do for books. The regular student has the opportunity to get a part-time job and balance that with school work. The athlete can’t do that.
    In ROTC, I received $100 a month as a scholarship recipient. Why can’t the student/athlete?

  67. RobK - Sep 17, 2010 at 5:18 PM

    Yes they make money for the school….People pay to see a team or specific players play…And whose number is on that jersey that people wear around…Sure isn’t the AD or the Coaches….

  68. MELANIE - Sep 17, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    I actually agree with him…not about taking money from the agents, but that these guys should get *SOME* money from the school. Its ridiculous to think USC and Notre Dame are selling jerseys, have national tv contracts, and essentially marketing and reaping revenue like an nfl team. Yet the ‘student athletes’ get nothing?
    Some of them cant even buy the jersey with THEIR own name on it! Its hypocritical. If its truly about student athletics, then stop giving coaches million dollar contracts. Stop putting the games on ESPN.
    The reggie bush situation is just overboard to me. Most normal people really dont care if he took money from an agent, it doesn’t negate his college career to me, at all.

  69. aaron - Sep 17, 2010 at 5:23 PM

    Student athletes can have a pert time job, many of them do. There are just a couple of form to fill out so you don’t break NCAA rules for for getting extra benefits.

  70. MELANIE - Sep 17, 2010 at 5:27 PM

    “Just another reason why he hates white people”
    Then I guess he must really hate 50% of his daughter, and 100% of his wife then.
    Man, some people are falling under that chip…

  71. JCamp - Sep 17, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    While I’m not a fan, at all, of astro-salaries for any athlete for any sport, I would have to argue that Charles Barkley’s athletic prowess at Auburn brought the University millions of dollars. So, perhaps, in exchange a stipend may have been appropriate.
    Having said that, I wish that all colleges required a core curriculum for every freshman that included English, Literature, History, Political Science, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics through trigonometry, regardless of one’s major, and before major studies could commence. It certainly weed out most of the chaff, and perhaps put us back on a path to academic excellence.

  72. storyofthewolf - Sep 17, 2010 at 5:31 PM

    I am a graduate student at a major public university that is heavily invested in scientific research. I get a generous stipend (~$2000 per month), enough to cover my living expenses and give me more than enough “walking around money.” Stipends for graduate students are justified because I am giving my service to the university via cheap labor that contributes to research programs which further the name and reputation of the institution. In turn successful research brings in a large amount of money to the university through grants thus making stipends for grad students feasible.
    Student athletes, in particular those in major D1 football and basketball programs, contribute to bringing in millions of dollars to their respective universities. I would argue that students athletes are owed a generous stipend.

  73. huh - Sep 17, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    Aaron- do you really think Reggie Bush had time to be on time, and arrive when specified, to work in the Health center during that last year at USC?
    They actually had media requirements. They have to work at football like it’s their real job–weightroom, media, studying film, etc. I just don’t think it’s logical to assume Matt Leinart would really have had time to work at the Administration building 4 days a week. And if he did, he probably would have been more of a distraction than anything else.
    Honestly, the system needs to be overhauled. Especially for those Division 1 schools who basically make a killing of these kids. Its not fair, and it really isn’t about student athletics in many of these cases..its like a modern day slave system. So I don’t see why people freak out when some of them try to circumvent the system–it should be expected given how restrictive it is.

  74. SportsFan - Sep 17, 2010 at 5:34 PM

    What about the money that the student athletes bring to the school. Examples: ticket sells, TV rights the schools get and if they make it to a bowl game its more money to the school. Schools are getting a lot more then any of the students. Regular students that are there for academics are not generating revenue to the school except for tuition and books. That is not even close to what the athletes are bring to the schools.

  75. Pay Me - Sep 17, 2010 at 5:56 PM

    Really Andy? You want to say they should pay their tuition like it’s even comparible to the income they provide the schools? Fine…following your logic, their tuition cost between $40-60K and the income during one season alone brings a school between $5-$10 million. Do they get most of the millions or does that just go to the COACH and AD? I’m sure most kids wouldn’t mind paying their tuition cost each year if they were paid for the income they bring to the school via lucrative deals with the TV Networks (check stats on how much each team in the SEC gets BEFORE they play a single down each year from ESPN) and the income generated from sports gear and other items the school rakes in each year. Come on, everyone likes to play the game about these kids being “student-athletes” but the reality of it is that they are just flat out lowly compensated sports performers who maintain classes in order to move on to the work force…the NFL.

  76. joe yank - Sep 17, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    Quote: “You are an idiot! If’s it’s all about an education, why do they have sports program in which the schools and coaches make millions off those poor minority kids?
    I assume you are referring to the white kids?

  77. robert embry - Sep 17, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    everyone knows barkley is a fat blowhard!!!!!!!!!

  78. TerpMan - Sep 17, 2010 at 6:19 PM

    Umm, I had a full academic scholarship and I received walking around money in the form of a stipend. What’s your point?

  79. John - Sep 17, 2010 at 6:41 PM

    Your tears are so sweet in their salty bitterness. Unfortunately, nobody gives a shit about your kid becoming a teacher, and nobody will pay for the chance of seeing your kid study. People pay millions and millions to see student athletes perform. It’s unfortunate, but that’s how our society works.
    Quit your whining.

  80. Bob - Sep 17, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    Man, the bitterness of the angry nerds here is hilarious. No, you didn’t deserve a stipend while you were in school, because nobody gave 2 shits about your shitty drama classes. Nobody other than your parents cared enough to pay money to go and listen to you butcher Shakespeare’s hard work. If Nick Saban is making 4 million a year and griping about others pimping his athletes, he’s full of it. The only problem with paying student athletes is that if you pay some, you have to pay all. Schools will have their hands full trying to justify that football players should be paid more than say, water polo players. It’s a whole can of worms.

  81. Peter M - Sep 17, 2010 at 6:53 PM

    not only do schools make money off of the standard ticket sales, jerseys etc. what about the high rollers who give to the endowment of the university, i have a close friend who pays 25k per year just for the opportunity to purchase very good seats to his university….just how much of that money should go to the athletes?

  82. Materialman - Sep 17, 2010 at 7:00 PM

    Well we could take Barkley’s awards away, but he never won any.

  83. Big Mike - Sep 17, 2010 at 7:01 PM

    Get rid of collage sports completely. Make a minor league system just like baseball very few kids go striate in to the major league from high school or collage. Then you can pay them, they don’t take up room in a place of higher learning (not that they learn anything anyway)you can rid of the NCAA no need for them. Sounds like it works to me.

  84. War Eagle - Sep 17, 2010 at 7:15 PM

    Share the wealth? They already get free room, board, tuition, etc., etc, ad nauseaum. It’s voluntary. Play by the rules or stay home. I worked hard to pay every nickel of my college education costs and Barkley did not.
    Barkley got free training and TV exposure to get a plum job after school and 99.99% of us do not. Every time he opens his mouth he proves what an idiot he is.
    And whoever thought Barkley was a Republican or a conservative is extremely misguided. He is very liberal – one of the gimme-class millionaires. He’s also quite the racist.
    He embarrasses the vast majority of Auburn graduates – me included.

  85. Larry - Sep 17, 2010 at 9:31 PM

    RM,
    Mr. Barkley got a college degree. I suspect he went to most of his classes.

  86. Herman - Sep 17, 2010 at 9:41 PM

    War Eagle, Barkley has tons of flaws but he is not a racest. His two best friends in the 90s were Dan Majerle and Joe Klein.
    He laid on the late Cotton Fitzsimmon bed as he lay dying of cance in July of 2004 and thanked Cotton while in tears for bringing him to Phoenix. All 3 of the afore mentioned peoplw were caucasian.
    3-4 years ago Charles was driving on the outer loop in PHX and saw a white women who was struggling to get a couch back on her truch bed that had fallen off. Others were zipping by not thinking about stopping. Charles with a sports jacket on immediately pulled over to help the white lady. When others saw Charles standing there helping they all started to stop. If that’s a racist then I am an NBA star.
    Say what you want about Chuck’s mouth and sometimes stupid and not thought out comments. But don’t accuse him of being a racist. That he isn’t.

  87. jeremiah woolsey - Sep 17, 2010 at 9:57 PM

    Barkley should be made to return the Heisman, you know the one he’s hiding for OJ.

  88. Gary - Sep 19, 2010 at 11:09 PM

    Sorry, but that is against NCAA rules! Can’t get a job while on scholarship. Why don’t you spend 3-5 hours of your day practicing and working out like the athletes do? All of the other students get to go home for the holidays…not the athletes! Off season “voluntary” workouts sometimes interrupt summer fun, don’t they? Get a clue before you write that crap!

  89. Gary - Sep 19, 2010 at 11:12 PM

    75% of working adults aren’t bringing in millions of $’s to the university are they?!!

  90. Gary - Sep 19, 2010 at 11:27 PM

    Since Reggie Bush gave back the Heisman, will USC, the NCAA, and the manufacturers of his jerseys that sold, give back all of the money they made off his back? These guys risk life and limb everyday playing these sports. Coaches, Universities, Advertisers, the NCAA, people employed at various levels because of these Athletes,shoe companies, all make money…why not the kids too. Enrollment goes through the roof at schools where the Athletic programs have success! Quit whining about “real” students. Maybe those “real” students should have spend a week in the Athletes shoes with their tongues dragging on the ground, getting out of bed completely exhausted and sore everyday! Let’s see how well they perform in class after that!

  91. chitownboy - Sep 28, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    This fat slob tries to justify all of his actions, from gambling, cheating on his wife, and now this taking money from agents. There are so may lemmings out there who laugh at this fat clown like he is harmless. I would not allow this fat slob anywhere near college kids.

  92. BG - Oct 12, 2010 at 9:52 AM

    Most student athletes aren’t bringing in millions to the university. The only sports that make money are mens basketball and football. Those sports subsidize the others and most schools make nothing off of the athletics programs. And even for football and basketball most of the fans go to games simply because its their school. You could put anyone on the field and fill the stadium at least halfway. With the exception of a few stars the vast majority of college athletes come out far ahead with the free tuition, books, and room and board than they would under a minor league system. Minor league baseball players make peanuts, most of them have side jobs in the off season, and they don’t get a degree to help them get a better job when they’re done. If football and basketball players would rather do that then there are alternatives for them (though none are as widespread as minor league baseball). The NCAA provides athletes with world class training and coaching and allows them to hone their game against top competition. Maybe some of the stars should be paid, but if you allow that where do you stop?

  93. cbridgeford - Oct 16, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    NCAA rules prohibit them from having jobs during the school year.

  94. cbridgeford - Oct 16, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    NCAA rules prohibit them from having jobs during the school year.

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