Tim Tebow Discusses Ohio State Scandal, Paying College Athletes on “Daily Show”

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When Denver Broncos QB Tim Tebow stopped by “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart“ on Thursday it was first and foremost to plug his new autobiography, “Through My Eyes.” That said, he had took some good-natured ribbing from the host, and provided some decent witty banter.

Tebow was funnier than I expected and he came off quite well. Even for a St. Tebow heretic like me, it was entertaining interview- at times. You can read the repartee here

But then Stewart moved on to discuss the Ohio State Buckeyes scandal, and if we now had reached a breaking point when it comes to compensation for college football players.

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NCAA Revenue Producing Sports Utterly Corrupt; Time for Drastic Change

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There couldn’t have been a more fitting end to the 2010-11 NCAA revenue producing sport season than what went down in Houston. In a town dominated by Halliburton, graft and corruption was again king as Ohio State Buckeyes Athletic Director Gene Smith, who presides over a suspended college football coach (Jim Tressel), handing the trophy to a soon-to-be suspended college basketball coach (UConn’s Jim Calhoun). The program being sanctioned beat the Butler Bulldogs, who are ostensibly clean.

And Calhoun got to this game by defeating a Kentucky Wildcats program run by coach John Calipari, who had his two previous trips to the Final Four (1996 at Massachusetts, 2008 at Memphis) vacated due to violations.

The trophy presentation was preceded by NCAA president Mark Emmert‘s  quote, “What A Wonderful Championship!” Given how it was literally the ugliest title game in college basketball history, it’s fair to say he was probably lying with that statment.

But that’s nothing compared to how he came off in his interview for HBO Real Sports. In that segment, he almost seemed like a college sports version of Bernie Madoff.

By Paul M. Banks

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Is it time for NCAA Player Compensation? (Video)

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Many people are up in arms about the NCAA. They say it’s unfair that student athletes are denied a share of the $700 million in tournament revenue they generate. Players also want to retain rights over their likenesses, which are used in video games without compensation. But are players really being mistreated? They get accepted to universities they wouldn’t normally be able to get into. Athletes receive yearly scholarships, while other students sink into debt. USA Today estimates the average player receives an annual $120K in aid and perks.

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