|Charles Barkley from his days at Auburn. Go, War Eagles!|
Charles Barkley was asked to comment on it, and not surprisingly he had a number of thoughts to share:
"These college programs are making so much money that I think it’s a travesty that USC is trying wipe Bush’s legacy away. How much money did they make when he was there? With all the money they made during that three-year period when they won 34 straight games, its ridiculous what they are doing."Charles Barkley is a rare commodity. Like it or not, he'll give it to you straight.
“Players make these colleges money. We here at Turner just bought the NCAA tournament for $11 billion. Let’s stop joking like this is amateur stuff. These schools are raiding powerful conferences for TV contacts. When I played it was amateur athletics. But if your school is raiding conferences to get TV marketing and revenue, there’s no integrity. NCAA sports [are] bona fide big business.”Bona fide big business is right. He's talking about conferences going to other conferences and trying to steal away schools so that there own conference will be able to get a better TV deal. That's why conferences like The Big Ten doesn't have ten schools in it anymore. They have eleven. Come July of 2011 they will add the University of Nebraska and have twelve. Now does that sound like the work of enthusiasts of amateur athletics?
In my own opinion, Reggie Bush was an extremely talented college athlete who brought great recognition and excitement to USC. The university made a ton of money off his talents. He is one of thousands of college athletes who compete before thousands and whose athleticism and commitment make it possible for these schools to pay for all kinds of other activities, not the least of which are the Title IX unfunded mandates for women's athletics. USC wants to distance itself from Reggie Bush? Get real. It's Bush that should be happy to distance himself from the NCAA, and its member schools that so shamelessly take advantage of their athletes.
Hey, USC, how about distancing yourself from shyster agents and overly interested big-shot boosters? Not likely, huh?