Arian Foster has brought me a lot of joy this season- I have him in two of my fantasy leagues (both my first-place teams).  He's a MVP candidate, and would be getting a lot more attention if not for the Texans collapse (which should come as a SURPRISE TO NOBODY).  But Foster has found a new way besides scoring touchdowns to make noise: with his tweets about college players getting paid.

As Foster tweets:

Question for the masses, should college athletes be paid? Or should they keep their "amateur" status?

I say "no," and have for a while now.  These athletes are getting an education worth around $100,00 (more depending on the school), and that's not including free food and housing for at least four years.  Then add that to travel stipends.  Now add the fact that the athlete can get a degree from a university they may not have gained entry into if not for their athletic skills, and they're set up with a solid background to find a job.  Definitely not a bad deal.  But Foster disagrees:

So for those thinking they shouldn't be paid, is it then ok for an "amateur" coach to make upwards of 4 million per year?

I'm not disagreeing that a lot of these coaches make too much money, but this is their job.  They're not student-head coaches.  They're head coaches, with families to support.  College athletes have all their essential needs sorted out by the school.

I see everyones point. As a former D1 athlete in the dorm rooms my monthly stipend was $87. Towards the end of the month we were just hungry

And one last thing, I met students who had full academic scholarships, they were allowed to have jobs. And had the option (as everyother student) whether or not to attend class. We are punished for missing class.

That's a fair point.  Athletes aren't allowed to have jobs, with the reason being that they can be influenced/paid by agents thru a seemingly legitimate job.  But I agree with Foster here.  There should be a jobs program set up on campus for athletes who wish to participate.  This way, it's run through the school, thus limiting any chance for potential agent contact or violations.  And yes, part of college is making your own decisions.  But even in high school, athletes are benched for not performing in the classroom.  People do lose academic scholarships if they don't perform up to their required academic standards.

Foster continues:

Do we not attend college to get a good paying job? Why are we opposed to people making money in an institute where that is the initial goal? Get an degree for a good salary.

I have a friend I went to college with that has no cartilage left in his knee, but has a double major and is still looking for work. Not everyone makes it to the NFL my friends.

Again, Foster makes a couple good points.  Not every college athlete makes it as a pro.  In fact, a very low percentage in any sport make it as a professional.  But maybe the reason they force athletes to attend classes is to make sure they have a well-rounded education in the event that they don't make it pro.  And in regards to your friend looking for a job-- join the club!  Many very bright kids out of college are having trouble finding a job, but nobody was paying them in college.  In fact, they had to pay upwards of $100,000 in some cases AND STILL CAN'T FIND A JOB!  So at least take solace in the fact that your friend had his education paid for.

So- should athletes get paid?  Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Kaman says:

    They are getting paid. They get a free ride for their education, living expenses and sometimes a lot more while the students who actually give a damn about getting an education have to pay for it. I guess they need cash to now?

    If they can't get drafted after school and are broke too bad. Life's rough for everyone I don't know why they think they should be an exception.