Gang Tackled: While NCAA Makes Billions Off Athletes, Athletes Persecuted For Signing Their Own Names

As the Todd Gurley “autograph scandal” once again throws into the national spotlight the NCAA’s insistence that college athletes not profit from their individual popularity. I can’t help but think of all the players whose collegiate athletic careers and reputations have been slammed because of the NCAA’s prosecution (i.e., “persecution”). Obviously, the media fixates on high profile players and cases …

Ex-South Carolina QB Stephen Garcia Says SEC Players Paid For Autographs “Everyday”

Source:  Chip Patterson/CBS Sports Former South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia, now a member of the college football media at Saturday Down South, is not scared to share some war stories from life in the seedy underbelly of the SEC. During a radio interview on WFNZ in Charlotte, Garcia argued against the rules preventing players from benefiting financially on their likeness. …

Powerful SEC Conference Commissioner: Greater Benefits to BCS Athletes Might Require Leaving D-1

Source: Jon Solomon/CBSSports.com HOOVER, Ala. — Words matter to SEC commissioner Mike Slive. This is the commissioner, after all, who on Monday quoted Dwight Eisenhower, Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela in a speech before sportswriters. At SEC Media Days, Slive again brought out the hammer saying that if the Power 5 conferences don’t get the autonomy it wants to provide …