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NCAA whiffs in baseball Non-scholarship players, volunteer coaches shafted (Bianchi Column)

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  1. gatorjjh

    gatorjjh A Gator with a Glass half full attitude Moderator VIP Member

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    Mike Bianchi Sentinel Columnist
    NCAA whiffs in baseball

    Non-scholarship players, volunteer coaches shafted

    The biggest travesty in college athletics has nothing to do with the ridiculous notion that football and basketball players should be paid lucrative salaries to compete in their sports.
    No.
    Not even close.

    By far, the most monumental injustice in all of big-time intercollegiate athletics is happening in college baseball, where hundreds of “volunteer” assistant coaches are working full-time and not getting paid a salary or medical benefits and thousands of players are leaving school in massive debt because they only get partial scholarships or no scholarship at all.

    For whatever reason, college baseball has always been the whipping child of the NCAA,” new FSU baseball coach Mike Martin Jr. laments.

    At the College World Series, there are 30,000 people at every game and millions more watching on ESPN,” UCF head coach Greg Lovelady says. “Our game is growing, but we’re still stuck in these archaic times when it comes to funding coaching and player scholarships. There’s a feeling in college baseball like we’ve been neglected and left behind.”

    The NCAA should be ashamed of itself for the cheap, chinchy way it treats college baseball’s players and “volunteer” coaches. This was brought to light by two of the most prolific figures in the sport during the just-completed College World Series in Omaha.
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  2. apkgator

    apkgator Premium Member

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    Its shameful. One of my former guys is D1 volunteer coach now. Basically living hand to mouth to get his foot in the door. Surviving on camps and lessons
     
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  3. GatorLurker

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    Meat should be using Bright Futures to build his program at FSU.

    Nevermind.

    Why would a smart kid from Florida go play for him?
     
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  4. 74nole

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    It’s definitely a stacked deck and the outcome of the college game will remain a losing hand with regards to these monies/funds until the rules are not changed but rewritten.

    I truly don’t know if the greed for the almighty dollar and power to control the same by the current structure in place will ever give our great game at the college level a true chance for coaches to have the chance to make a living doing what they love, they’ve already earned it—

    Much less the baseball student/athletes to be at a fair place in competition for athletic scholarships—

    One or two or even a handful of HC’s can’t change this IMHO, the system has to be changed.
     
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  5. sandman70

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    Softball is also affected in the same way. Rediculous.
     
  6. TJtheGator

    TJtheGator GC Hall of Fame

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    All you gotta do is exclude football from Title IX. No women’s sport fields a team that big.
     
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  7. gatorbogey

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    When a sport finances the remainder of the athletic dept, it should get an exception.
     
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  8. shelbygt350

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    11.5 for college baseball is absurd when 20-25 guys play regularly. Ditto golf.

    They can easily remedy by simply jacking up the number, for example, for women's golf to 10, softball from whatever it is to 25 or 30, etc. Then take men's basketball from 13 to say 12. By the time you fiddle diddle numbers you have 20 for baseball.

    NCAA fails to acknowledge (1) population growth (2) growth of certain sports.

    Look at football, guys get hammered, they allow OT instead of ties, increase # of games then do the absurd and reduce rides from 105 to 95 to 85. I'd put football up to 100.

    Let the schools add some women's sports (no I'm not going to suggest pole dancing, mud 'rassling, etc) but I could spend 1-2 days and get this whole thing right.
     
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