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Dick Vitale apologizes for comparing Arian Foster to a prostitute

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When Texans running back Arian Foster admitted he was getting money on the side during his college football career, some people who follow college sports thought it was a refreshingly candid admission of something that’s widespread in the NCAA.

Dick Vitale is not one of those people.

Instead, Vitale, the ESPN college basketball announcer, took to Twitter and said that Foster should have been honest about taking money at the time, rather than talking about it now. And Vitale used the word “prostitute” in describing how he views Foster taking money while he was an “amateur” athlete.

“When they put their hand out like a prostitute & take it they don’t say a word – moaning yrs later = SAD!” Vitale wrote on Friday.

On Saturday, Vitale thought better of that choice of words.

“I apologize if it offended u that I used prostitute 4 athletes taking cash,” Vitale wrote. “My wife agrees with u that prostitute was a bad term to use.”

While his choice of words may have been unwise, Vitale’s initial reaction was an interesting look at the way so many people within the college sports establishment view players making money. Vitale himself has become a multimillionaire thanks to college athletics, but it angers him when he hears about a player taking a little money. And that’s common: Many of the people who have made the most money off college sports — coaches, broadcasters, administrators — are the people who are most outspoken against athletes taking some money for themselves. And when a player like Foster pulls back the curtain and reveals that “amateur” athletics aren’t really about amateurism, sometimes those multimillionaires fear that their golden goose is being threatened.

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  1. onearmsteven says: Sep 21, 2013 12:54 PM

    at least ms. vitale agrees

  2. hummer53 says: Sep 21, 2013 1:00 PM

    And so I guess that makes Tennessee a pimp

  3. Dennis Allen's Outgoing Persona says: Sep 21, 2013 1:00 PM

    If the player is on a scholarship that should count for something. But doing all the homework, practicing and working a full time job is ludicrous.. Wait.. who am I kidding, they never goto class, just read a few quotes from nfl players.

  4. murraysons says: Sep 21, 2013 1:01 PM

    Says the guy who is the biggest user and tout of “amateurs” there is…

  5. jpb12 says: Sep 21, 2013 1:02 PM

    Guessing his wife thought this was unfair to prostitutes.
    At least football players enjoy what they do for the money.

  6. Stiller43 says: Sep 21, 2013 1:02 PM

    If football players take money (besides the ~150k worth of tuition+ other stuff for the time theyre there, but thats worthless, right?), do hockey players get any money? What about volleyball, softball, swimming, baseball?

    Everyone makes an equal amount? Everyone makes a % based on what their sport brings to the college?

    The system would be SURE to piss people off no matter what happens.

  7. mrbigass says: Sep 21, 2013 1:02 PM

    I have no problem with these guys getting something they could place in an account to have once they leave college. Universities are making an obscene amount of money off these guys so why not?

    Now when Bush accepted thousands and a house for his parents I think that crosses the line. It just shows a need for transparency and a system that works for the athlete and the university…..

  8. sabatimus says: Sep 21, 2013 1:05 PM

    I’m more offended that Vitale’s statement reads like a lazy text.

  9. swift650 says: Sep 21, 2013 1:07 PM

    I think they way the fact they are not continuing their deal with EA sports is as close as we may ever get to an admission of guilt.

  10. asimonetti88 says: Sep 21, 2013 1:07 PM

    Vitale is a millionaire? smh

  11. Paul says: Sep 21, 2013 1:07 PM

    Pay these kids. Legitimately. Above the table. The fact that they’re “students” is a technicality—a technicality that no one with half a brain buys into anymore.

  12. robuff716 says: Sep 21, 2013 1:07 PM

    Vitale’s act got old a helluva long time ago!!!

  13. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Sep 21, 2013 1:08 PM

    As far as I know, Vitale doesn’t exactly work for free, ever. You think he wants to fly around the country speaking to Temple Brotherhood groups just because he loves it? No. He got his hand WAAAAY open and WAAAAAY out

  14. udub says: Sep 21, 2013 1:09 PM

    It baffles me how many people are ok with comparing the college athlete with the college coach, college administrator, or like this article ancillary college figures like a broadcaster.

    So…because college football players can’t make money as amateur it’s somehow inherently wrong that others in the industry can’t make money either? I just can’t make that leap, sorry.

    There are people who put 40, 50 years of their life into working their way up the coaching ladder, working up through the administration of a university or athletic department, or using broadcasters as an example going from station to station until hitting it big broadcasting college football.

    College athletes get their tuition, board, great medical care, the best tutors, the best training, etc.

    If its wrong for coaches/staff/etc to make money what is the solution? What do they get then instead?

  15. emperorzero says: Sep 21, 2013 1:11 PM

    I still hate the non apology-apology: If I offended you/my wife agrees with you. Vitale has the right to his opinion, but if someone is going to apologize, then apologize.

  16. bennyb82 says: Sep 21, 2013 1:13 PM

    The NCAA is a modern-day sweatshop.

  17. swift650 says: Sep 21, 2013 1:14 PM

    Another thought…standard argument is they shouldn’t get paid because they are getting a free education…which NCAA school’s entire football team is on a full ride scholarship? Why does the NCAA limit the number of scholarships that can be offered? Competitive balance or to limit expenses?

  18. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Sep 21, 2013 1:15 PM

    Yeah says somebody who’s been cashing in on college sports for years!! you’re a pimp vitale!

  19. whoisferg says: Sep 21, 2013 1:16 PM

    I see how you used the terms “a little money” and “some money” like it matters how much it is. You only needed to say “took money”. It is against the rules, right or wrong.

  20. nolajoe says: Sep 21, 2013 1:16 PM

    I bet Vitale’s fridge has never been empty.

  21. micknangold says: Sep 21, 2013 1:17 PM

    You guys just won’t stop bringing this issue up. Yet you never seem to offer up your opinion on exactly how these college athletes should be paid. Should they get paid a flat rate, same for everybody? Should the starters get more? What about a nice bonus check for the Heisman winner? What about the swim team? The girl’s volleyball team? They should still play for free because their sport doesn’t pull in money like football does? And who is making these payments? The NCAA or the Universities? What about boosters? Oh right, that’s the front that the Universities use to pay players.

    And can someone please tell me how paying for a person’s college degree isn’t payment enough? The vast majority of these guys won’t play in the NFL. Every year thousands of guys finish their college careers, and about 270 of them get drafted and then there’s your UFAs who actually make it on a roster and have a career.

    Most of those guys in turn are lucky to play 4 years in the NFL. But if they have a useful degree they can find a real job(s) that will pay them for the rest of their lives. How does getting paid a little in college compare to a degree that you can use for the rest of your life?

  22. warhammer420 says: Sep 21, 2013 1:18 PM

    I see it differently. Colleges making money off unpaid athletes is like slavery.

  23. truthfactory says: Sep 21, 2013 1:18 PM

    Okay, as far as I know… nobody FORCED Foster to play college football. He had a choice to just be a regular broke college student and pay his way with a ton of student loans (like the rest of us), he could have not even gone to college after high school, he could have dealt drugs for money, he could have gotten a 9-5 job.

    He had free will and a choice to do whatever he wanted. He CHOSE to play college football, and get a free ride. In doing so, there were certain perks he got (free college education, free meals, and most importantly a free “job interview” in playing football in front of a national audience and pro scouts etc) but there was also rules he was supposed to follow.

    To those who act as if a college football player is an exploited victim, thats complete BS! What about the college volleyball player, baseball player, swimmer etc…?

    Sure, the student’s are playing a more popular sport, but that doesn’t make their demand for money any greater than the volleyball players, swimmers and tennis players who seem to make it okay with out people giving them “special” handshakes with envelopes full of money.

  24. myeaglescantwin says: Sep 21, 2013 1:19 PM

    he’d probably be awesome at that too

  25. schrutebeetfarms says: Sep 21, 2013 1:21 PM

    No one forces anyone to play college athletics to my knowledge. If kids choose to do so, they should follow the rules. Now, the rules probably should be changed but as of now, they are what they are. So either follow them or don’t play. Simple as that.

  26. titansbro says: Sep 21, 2013 1:23 PM

    Wasn’t crazy about the fake Vitale in the first place, but this puts it over the top. He is officially hateable now. This dude is the biggest prostitute in college sports with his over the top raving of every single player he ever saw.

  27. prmpft says: Sep 21, 2013 1:23 PM

    He shouldn’t have to apologize – I believe he is correct…

  28. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 21, 2013 1:24 PM

    Vitale used the word “prostitute” in describing how he views Foster taking money while he was an “amateur” athlete.
    ________________________

    Said someone who’s made a fortune off college sports.

    That must make him one of the pimps.

  29. howiehandles says: Sep 21, 2013 1:27 PM

    Fine, pay them. But make them pay for their education and academically qualify for the school they attend.

  30. jimbo75025 says: Sep 21, 2013 1:28 PM

    I somewhat agree with Vitale here. If Foster hated the system so bad, why not fight it when he was actually in the system and not after he signed his huge contract. Perhaps his father should have not spent so much time playing Madden to create the perfect running back.

  31. florioleadswitnesses says: Sep 21, 2013 1:28 PM

    I think Vitale was upset with the fact that these athletes have no problem accepting perks when they are in school, but then turn their backs on the university and fellow athletes and start squealing likes pigs when they leave.

  32. hempoilcures says: Sep 21, 2013 1:29 PM

    Wow, Dick is being one. Just shows that the ‘rulers’ are being exposed as power hungry dictators. They only care about protecting the ‘system’. They don’t care one bit about those who go through the system, they only care about them when they are propping up the system.

    And all lies will be exposed…we are seeing the shift in consciousness, people are waking up to this systems inequities and those firmly entrenched in that system are feeling the heat….thus Dick’s response.

  33. cosmicduster says: Sep 21, 2013 1:30 PM

    Vitale just made a fool of himself, that was awesome baby!

  34. roverboy1949 says: Sep 21, 2013 1:30 PM

    have all the universities sponsor minor league football teams. the space the “student-athletes” take up at the school can be used by either (1) a player from the minor league team that “actually” wants an education, but he will receive no pay except his scholarship, or (2) a student who wants the college education but will have to pay for it. Either way you wind up with more students that really want to be there.
    the minor league team players will get paid by the universities out of a fund that would normally be their scholarship fund.
    this way, you have students that want to learn, and you have a team of players that want to audition for the pros. who knows, maybe the pro teams will sponsor the universities endeavors to supply them with talent.

  35. j0esixpack says: Sep 21, 2013 1:32 PM

    That would make the NCAA itself a pimp

    It’s an unfair analogy for Foster – and frankly an unfair analogy for actual prostitutes

    But for an NCAA that profits from the work of kids, the pimp label fits.

  36. surfinbird1 says: Sep 21, 2013 1:33 PM

    Let me guess……….Twitter?

  37. tiggerblood says: Sep 21, 2013 1:34 PM

    Personally I have no problems with the analogy, in the end it’s still just an analogy. My opinion is they should be paid a little something for toiling for their respective universities. But not to the extent of sports cars and houses. Yea yea their getting an education blah blah. Not all college players go to the NFL, and a little money to start out after college could go a long way in this stagnant not looking promising economy.

  38. mp4pack says: Sep 21, 2013 1:49 PM

    If you want to deny money to players in the name of “amateurism” then fine, see to it that NO ONE is getting rich off of it. Make the whole thing a non-profit entity with every dime from ticket sales, merchandising and advertising going to reducing tuition costs (and thus, the student loan debt that is going to be the next housing bubble and bring on the next recession) across the board. Until then, the whole thing is hypocrisy at its worst.

  39. musicman495 says: Sep 21, 2013 1:53 PM

    Let’s be clear – Vitale did not make his money as a coach. He coached 100 games at a small Div 1 school, and bombed out in two seasons as a pro coach. He made his money as a circus clown for ESPN. How he ended up in the Hall of Fame – even as a “Contributor” – I will never know. The San Diego Chicken was funnier, and has a better claim to the HOF.

  40. northstarnic says: Sep 21, 2013 1:55 PM

    Any respect I may have had for Dick just vanished. Is that hypocrite pretending he doesn’t know exactly how that money machine works?

  41. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 21, 2013 2:00 PM

    dandy diaper baby!

  42. 11thstreetmafia says: Sep 21, 2013 2:02 PM

    I officially no longer like Dickie V.

  43. onbucky96 says: Sep 21, 2013 2:04 PM

    Oh World Wide Leader, do the right thing. Take Vitale out back and go Old Yeller on his ass. Everytime I turn a game on and he’s calling it, I TURN THE CHANNEL. I don’t care who’s playing, I can’t stand this fraud and his ” enthusiasm”.

  44. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 21, 2013 2:07 PM

    “He’s a ho baby!”
    Where has Vital been? We all know it has become all about the money. The whole system is pimpz and ho-s using each other and gettin’ what they can.

  45. nfl4days says: Sep 21, 2013 2:09 PM

    When hockey, volleyball, swimming, baseball, and softball make 1/4 the money football does then we can talk. Those sports lose colleges money, football many times over as well as paying for other things within a university.

  46. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 21, 2013 2:10 PM

    truthfactory says: Sep 21, 2013 1:18 PM

    Okay, as far as I know… nobody FORCED Foster to play college football. He had a choice to just be a regular broke college student and pay his way with a ton of student loans (like the rest of us), he could have not even gone to college after high school, he could have dealt drugs for money, he could have gotten a 9-5 job.

    He had free will and a choice to do whatever he wanted. He CHOSE to play college football, and get a free ride. In doing so, there were certain perks he got (free college education, free meals, and most importantly a free “job interview” in playing football in front of a national audience and pro scouts etc) but there was also rules he was supposed to follow.

    To those who act as if a college football player is an exploited victim, thats complete BS! What about the college volleyball player, baseball player, swimmer etc…?

    Sure, the student’s are playing a more popular sport, but that doesn’t make their demand for money any greater than the volleyball players, swimmers and tennis players who seem to make it okay with out people giving them “special” handshakes with envelopes full of money.
    ________________________________

    This is exactly correct!

    No one forced you to play in college or at any time.

  47. natethegreatz says: Sep 21, 2013 2:11 PM

    If you pay these kids then you might as well count the scholarships, books, food, and net income into their taxes. These kids will be paying taxes as if they are making $200 K a year. Also that opens the door for headlines like “Va. Tech offers $50 K a year for High School Senior”. Because obviously you cannot pay the Manziel and his Back up the same money.. it would just open a can of worms and money would be everywhere. Also these NFL/NBA “Stars” are only seen due to these Colleges.. so on top of all what the colleges do, they also give free advertising.

  48. CKL says: Sep 21, 2013 2:11 PM

    College players would do well to think of themselves as owners of franchises. They contribute to the franchise holder’s (university’s) pocketbook but they are dictated to by the franchise which has rules, some nonsensical and some not. The franchisee gets the benefit of success coming easier due to more exposure (ie a higher profile college). That leads to a good impact on their bottom line if they go pro and they are a hard worker.

    As a side note, I wonder how many guys who played on scholarship, never went pro and got another job are complaining about this? There’s really no reason not to have food and shelter when you are on a good athletic scholarship. It’s provided.

  49. kuranda84 says: Sep 21, 2013 2:19 PM

    Pay college players!

  50. jaypace says: Sep 21, 2013 2:20 PM

    So because a college athlete gets their tuition paid means they can’t get $100 bucks here or there to keep in their pocket. Yes, they do receive a benefit from playing a sport but lets not be so dense to believe just because room and board is paid means students don’t need anything else. Athletes can work but very limited hours, just like anybody else they need money.

  51. idpfantasyfootball says: Sep 21, 2013 2:22 PM

    Dick Vitale represents the 1%. Now that Foster is part of the 1%, he has a right to call out the system.

    Foster’s point is that the wealth of the 1% continued to grow while workers like Foster struggled to put food on his table while making the 1% wealthier. This is inequity when the majority of players will not be able to join the financial elite after putting in their time.

    The free education argument is bogus when the financial returns of student athletes so greatly exceeds the comped education costs of the few that are ‘lucky’ enough to receive scholarships.

  52. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Sep 21, 2013 2:24 PM

    While we’re drawing analogies, Vitale fits squarely into the category of “parasite,” – a selfish, hypocritical, sanctimonious one at that.

  53. rubicon202 says: Sep 21, 2013 2:26 PM

    LOL most of you obviously don’t have the slightest idea of being hungry or no food in the fridge…if you dig a little deeper you will see these kids have nothing except that scholarship you all tout is so ingratiating and is so fulfilling. No money, no food or clothing…yeah I’d take me something just he did and the rest doing now, get off your high horses, phonies

  54. vwbrown19 says: Sep 21, 2013 2:28 PM

    I don’t agree with the prostitute term but why is Foster speaking out now after the fact. Who cares at this point.

  55. iamthorny says: Sep 21, 2013 2:34 PM

    Jeff Ireland needs an explanation…

  56. czimm0975 says: Sep 21, 2013 2:41 PM

    Vitale critizing Foster is a joke..Vitale has been making millions on the back of college athletes and their efforts for years, so, its ok for him but not for them? I think Michael Smith said it best at the end of the article when he said “sometimes those multimillionaires fear that their golden goose is being threatened.” Its ok for them to profit off the athletes but god forbid the athlete make money from it, oh no, thats not right. Such hyprocracy. Plus, Vitale is fake lets face it, he isnt making all these “inspirational” speeches out of the goodness of his heart..i honestly dont care athletes in college take money or get paid money, good for them!!

  57. whatjusthapped says: Sep 21, 2013 2:48 PM

    Why bring Dez Bryant’s mother into the conversation, she had nothing to do with it.

  58. natigator says: Sep 21, 2013 2:48 PM

    I wish at least one prominent player from each major university would come out in a joint statement saying they took extra benefits, deal with it

    Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio St, Michigan, Notre Dame, USC, Oregon, Boise St, Florida, Florida State, Alabama, LSU, Georgia, South Carolina, Clemson, WVU, Penn St etc all conferences, all regions of the country, most of the last national champs etc

  59. Paul says: Sep 21, 2013 3:06 PM

    If players aren’t going to be paid (which, for right now, it looks like they aren’t going to be…although that could change in the near future), DON’T prohibit them from selling autographs or charging for personal appearances or speaking engagements. They earned their celebrity rightfully, and for the NCAA to basically own all rights to their name and image should be what’s illegal. Not the other way around.

  60. buddypuddy says: Sep 21, 2013 3:07 PM

    It seems disingenuous for Vitale to be raving about these HS AAU players who are given free everything from the time they start shaving to be critical of a football player who accepts money out of need. Guys like Vitale are part of the problem.

  61. fdugrad says: Sep 21, 2013 3:07 PM

    I can see DV’s point. I mean The NCAA, universities and athletic departments across the country and of course, the prostitutes disguised as coaches who are employed by these institutes do not want any of the jocks horning in on any of the millions!

  62. witchrunner says: Sep 21, 2013 3:15 PM

    Heck, when he mentioned his wife’s comment, I thought he was going to say that “yes, comparing him to a prostitute was inappropriate, you should insult the prostitute!”

  63. pftstory says: Sep 21, 2013 3:16 PM

    I’ll let Dick Vitale (who I can’t stand) explain his motivation for his position, not a biased opinionated “reporter.”

  64. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 21, 2013 3:17 PM

    rubicon202 says: Sep 21, 2013 2:26 PM

    LOL most of you obviously don’t have the slightest idea of being hungry or no food in the fridge…if you dig a little deeper you will see these kids have nothing except that scholarship you all tout is so ingratiating and is so fulfilling. No money, no food or clothing…yeah I’d take me something just he did and the rest doing now, get off your high horses, phonies
    ———————————————–

    LOL you obviously don’t have the slightest idea that a sports scholarship includes meals.

    Guess what else, if they didn’t have the scholly they’d have to feed and clothe themselves.

    “yeah I’d take me something just he did and the rest doing now, get off your high horses, phonies”

    BTW, if he paid attention, that scholarship may have kept him from writing sentences like that one.

  65. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 21, 2013 3:20 PM

    jaypace says: Sep 21, 2013 2:20 PM

    So because a college athlete gets their tuition paid means they can’t get $100 bucks here or there to keep in their pocket. Yes, they do receive a benefit from playing a sport but lets not be so dense to believe just because room and board is paid means students don’t need anything else. Athletes can work but very limited hours, just like anybody else they need money.
    ————————————————

    Easy solution Jay.

    If any college athlete is tired of being so unjustly exploited they should quit the team, start paying for their own education and/or get a job.

  66. huskersrock1 says: Sep 21, 2013 3:21 PM

    Schools can’t pay college athletes, the combination of paying student athletes and title 9 would break the schools. You can’t just pay football players, compensation would have to be given to all student athletes. Although it is true that football makes a lot of money the schools use that money to fund other athletics. Thus if we pay football players we have to eliminate other sports programs, male sports would be hit the hardest because female sports to some degree are federally protected. Besides student athletes are already given education, room and board and professional training for free. If they don’t like it, no one has forced them to take the scholarship, I am sure there is plenty of opportunity for them out in the real world (ie McDonalds)

  67. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 21, 2013 3:25 PM

    warhammer420 says: Sep 21, 2013 1:18 PM

    I see it differently. Colleges making money off unpaid athletes is like slavery.
    ————————————-

    Really.

    Last I looked, slaves weren’t allowed to quit and do something else if they didn’t like the way they were being treated.

    Athletes can always give up the perks and start a 9-5 job.

    Shockingly, the game will go on without those who choose to leave.

  68. douglasgreenbriar says: Sep 21, 2013 3:31 PM

    At the very least the players should be allowed to do endorsements.

  69. kubetheman says: Sep 21, 2013 3:32 PM

    Dick, don’t infer from your own personal experiences !

  70. redstar504 says: Sep 21, 2013 3:32 PM

    Taking cash in the NCAA is wrong, period. Universities or a place where young men and women go to learn and gain experience in what it is they want to do in life. If you start paying players why stop there? The schools mind as well pay the engineering students and medical students that do the grunt work in scientific studies, pay the pre-law students that do political research for the university.

    Yes, big football makes money but so do the academic studies. Schools use that money to pay coaches, staff, professors, equipment. Today’s governments are slashing funding the schools need to generate their own funds but hey let’s eat into that to pay football players that are already getting a free education.

  71. spankygreen says: Sep 21, 2013 3:37 PM

    ole vitals! or Dickie V baby is covering his a$$ now praying he is not fired for his analogy….I have played D1 football, trust me there is a lot of players being paid. Despite the penalties and embarrassment when caught, athlete’s are still being paid.

    But it seems the only people crucified for taking money is the players. how about putting the spotlight on the people that are offering the money and freebies….

    it’s almost like the business owner in TX, Ca, or Fl that hires a boat load of illegal immigrants privately, knowing full well of their status and then publicly saying the country needs to do something about those coming across the border illegally.

  72. zn0rseman says: Sep 21, 2013 3:38 PM

    Yeah, but the issue is NOT that Foster took money, the issue is what he took money for?

    We all already know the Rose Bowl outcome was bought in the interests of gambling when gangsters paid off Ronnie Harmon all those years ago.

    We also know that Florida boosters bribed USA Conference officials to help the Gators win the 2004 Outback Bowl.

    How many games did Foster throw?

    How many other games have been ruined by money?

  73. tonyrazzano says: Sep 21, 2013 3:42 PM

    The major reason college athletes do not get paid is to keep the tax exempt status of the NCAA and the affiliated programs. Once the athletes are treated as professionals the programs will be subjected to collective bargaining and federal, state and local taxes. This schools would have to pay taxes on all TV and stadium revenue which would reduce profits by nearly 50%. Factor in the fair value wages and you see the total picture. In reality, these athletes are deemed amateurs for the benefit of the NCAA and the schools alone. There is no benefit to the player by being an amateur. None at all.

  74. realfootballfan says: Sep 21, 2013 3:44 PM

    Dick Vitale is an idiot, but so is Foster. Why do players suddenly decide to start running their mouth about money that someone has been generous enough to give them?

  75. koufaxmitzvah says: Sep 21, 2013 3:56 PM

    So while the Smarties on here want to talk about how a Free College Education = Doles of Cash, one must wonder how they feel about the College Presidents who live in Public Housing, are fed out of Public Coffers, and, oh yeah, rake in Millions of Dollars for whoring their students out to the BCS.

    Dick Vitale’s got the right first name, Bay-beee!

  76. boobsmcgoo says: Sep 21, 2013 4:05 PM

    Thanks, Dick.

  77. stealthscorpio says: Sep 21, 2013 4:10 PM

    Dickie V is a pimp

  78. thelastwordyaheard says: Sep 21, 2013 4:20 PM

    Arian Prostertute

  79. sarcasm says: Sep 21, 2013 4:26 PM

    Like I said the other day. You could pay these jokers 50k, 100k a year and they’d still have their hand out.

    Dick is 100% right.

  80. kenstabler says: Sep 21, 2013 4:33 PM

    He meant to say “hooker”, to be politically correct.

  81. bamboozle99 says: Sep 21, 2013 4:40 PM

    It’s not a terrible analogy since many college athletes receive very little return for the revenue they generate.

  82. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 21, 2013 4:41 PM

    Dick’s wife was sensitive to use of the word “prostitiute”. She’s been putting up with the guy for decades for the money.

  83. randomcommenter says: Sep 21, 2013 4:43 PM

    So sick of hearing these college players talked about like they are exploited. The get a full scholarship. They get room and board. And football layers don’t eat in the dorms. they get their own dining hall which is like a gourmet restaurant for 3 meals per day.

    They get their laundry done. They have personal tutors. They get free gear constantly.

    As for the so called walking around money. The athletes do get a special loan that is available I’d they want some spending cash. Hardship cases get a grant.

    So maybe in 4 years, they owe $5000 in loans. How will they ever survive?!!

    Let’s also not forget that most football programs lose money because it’s so expensive. For every Alabama that makes millions, there are 10 Toledos that lose or barely break even.

    Ther are 85 players per team. Most will never be household names, but you would have to pay then as well.

    Bottom line is if you pay players, college football will be over as we know it. There will be about 30 teams that can afford it and they will become semi pro teams. The rest will be forgotten.

  84. realfootballfan says: Sep 21, 2013 4:56 PM

    mp4pack,
    Wish I could have given you a million thumbs up. Every time this nonsense comes up, this is the simple solution that no one wants to use because for some reason it’s okay for coaches, NCAA administrators, etc. to be making 10 times as much as actual professors on campus solely because networks bid on these games to see these players perform every week. Sorry, but somehow I think all of those people benefiting handsomely from the system (including Vitale) aren’t in a position to comment on the solution because those dollar signs tend to cloud people’s judgement.

    If no more ESPN, Fox One, CBS, etc, then there would be no more billion dollar industry and we can truly start talking about so called student athletes.

    And for those saying that if players didn’t like the system, why are they going through it? Exactly how else do you propose that they get to the NFL, sitting out for 3 years out of high school doing wind sprints and jumping jacks to stay in shape in the meantime? Think before you type.

  85. raiderapologist says: Sep 21, 2013 4:59 PM

    On the short list of world’s worst jobs: Dick Vitale’s wife.

  86. jeremyecox says: Sep 21, 2013 5:00 PM

    I see college sports as an extension of the same idea behind why kids bust their butts in high school athletics…to provide themselves the best options at the next level.

    Why does a kid choose to go play at Tennessee and not Jacksonville St.? Is it not in part due to the opportunity for exposure to potential employers after college?

    The piece that typically gets ignored in the pay for play argument is the one thing that a typical non-athlete student doesn’t get…the chance to put their talents on display without needing to go take a non-paying summer internship.

    How does one value the exposure a major conference football player gets as part of their student/athlete duties?

    Maybe I’m missing something, but I have a hard time seeing how that opportunity along with 4 (or more) years of college being paid for is not in the neighborhood of fair compensation for playing 50-some football games over 4 years.

    Perhaps the part that needs to be scrutinized before the decision comes down to start paying athletes is determining the appropriate $ amount of a full ride scholarship. But beyond that I don’t understand how these kids doing the same thing everyone does in college…trying to set themselves up to land a job…deserve additional compensation for the privilege of getting to showcase their talents for potential employers.

  87. beerndrums says: Sep 21, 2013 5:09 PM

    Why would you apologize to a scumbag?I don’t get it

  88. realfootballfan says: Sep 21, 2013 5:13 PM

    redstar504,
    Don’t know if you’ve ever heard of co-op educations where students earning engineering degrees and other degrees like this get paid work experience in alternating semesters. So I would think your whole premise falls apart there.

    Bottom line is that it’s wrong for the university to bid billion dollar contracts solely based on how these young men perform every week, and then proceed to split the money between each other, excluding the reason they got paid the billions in the first place. Why these players can’t profit off of their own celebrity with credible companies who want to pay them to endorse their products, autographs, etc makes absolutely no sense at all in our so called free loving American society. I mean, are you kidding me? Just because it’s always been that way doesn’t mean it doesn’t need to change.

    The simple solution is to eliminate the billion dollar industry out of it if anyone is interested, which I think none of them clearly are.

  89. pftjunkie says: Sep 21, 2013 5:24 PM

    This is the problem with the NCAA. No athlete should have to worry about having enough to eat! The college should be able to provide a meal card for each player for the entire year, and they should also be able to disburse a set amount of groceries for use at their apt/dorm each week, that are nutritious and the same for each athlete, so that they don’t have to go to the cafeteria for a snack.

    Then as far as Foster goes, I believe it is not right of him to hold his tongue for years, when his words would have affected him and his coaches and teammates, but now speak out years later, knowing that any punishment from the NCAA will affect people who were not a part of what was happening with him at the time.

  90. senky3 says: Sep 21, 2013 5:26 PM

    first, the word amateur means “non paid”. college football is amateur sport. second, it really upsets me that these athletes take the money that they know they shouldn’t and then rationalize it by saying that the college is exploiting them. then, several years after they get out of college, they come clean about the money. do they get penalized in any way???? no the players on the college team now do. how is that fair?????

  91. dennis2488 says: Sep 21, 2013 5:28 PM

    Sorry dick, i’d rather be a prostitute than a slave.

  92. thelastpieceofcheese says: Sep 21, 2013 5:29 PM

    I’ll be concerned about college athletes making money on the side when colleges coaches start making salaries at about the same as the faculty.

  93. keepingitrealdumb says: Sep 21, 2013 5:34 PM

    i don’t even understand why there is an issue.

    college is there to help a person get to the next level .. to enter the work force hopefully more prepared and equipped than they might otherwise be without college. therefore it should not be exclusive to academics. people go to college for all sorts of reasons .. to be able to get a career in engineering, a career in psychology, a career in music or in one of the other ‘arts’, and yes .. even a career in professional sports.

    so what’s the big deal? does a standout college athlete who is getting some money on the side (like AFoster) hurt anyone else? in what way? exactly .. not at all.

    again .. what is the issue? so johnny football gets paid some money to sign autographs .. so what? if as an engineering student someone wanted to pay me to sign autographs i would jump at the chance. turns out sadly enough, no one wants an engineer’s autograph .. but they do want johhny football’s autograph .. so what’s the issue?

  94. rraider says: Sep 21, 2013 5:38 PM

    Dont think too many understand what Vitale was condemming. He is condemming Foster deciding to speak on the issue now as opposed to then. Which I agree with…..The only people who are going to be hurt by his comments are 1) the coach who brought him 50 tacos, 2) coach who arranged for him to get some money, 3) University of Tennese(here come some sanctions)

    Foster said he didnt see anything wrong with it , then he should have keep his mouth shut. He isnt changing the system, he is just screwing\tarnishing some peoples coaching careers and his alma mater.

    Lastly, Foster basically blackmailed the coaching staff…he said he called the coach up and told him “if you dont bring some food i am going to have to do something bad….”
    The staff @ Tenneses wasnt going around just breaking the rules, he asked them to and they tried to help and did and now everyone else but him in the situation will have to pay the consequences.

  95. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 21, 2013 5:43 PM

    realfootballfan says: Sep 21, 2013 4:56 PM

    mp4pack,
    Wish I could have given you a million thumbs up. Every time this nonsense comes up, this is the simple solution that no one wants to use because for some reason it’s okay for coaches, NCAA administrators, etc. to be making 10 times as much as actual professors on campus solely because networks bid on these games to see these players perform every week. Sorry, but somehow I think all of those people benefiting handsomely from the system (including Vitale) aren’t in a position to comment on the solution because those dollar signs tend to cloud people’s judgement.

    If no more ESPN, Fox One, CBS, etc, then there would be no more billion dollar industry and we can truly start talking about so called student athletes.

    And for those saying that if players didn’t like the system, why are they going through it? Exactly how else do you propose that they get to the NFL, sitting out for 3 years out of high school doing wind sprints and jumping jacks to stay in shape in the meantime? Think before you type.

    —————————————————-

    We all know why they are going through it.

    The point is – by your own post – the student athlete already gets paid.

    They get a free education – check out the cost of a 4+ year college education.

    They get free room and board – check out the cost.

    They get a free national showcase for their talents in hopes of going pro and making bit $$$$.

    That’s the whole point.

    Think before you type.

  96. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 21, 2013 5:46 PM

    realfootballfan says: Sep 21, 2013 5:13 PM

    redstar504,
    Don’t know if you’ve ever heard of co-op educations where students earning engineering degrees and other degrees like this get paid work experience in alternating semesters. So I would think your whole premise falls apart there.

    Bottom line is that it’s wrong for the university to bid billion dollar contracts solely based on how these young men perform every week, and then proceed to split the money between each other, excluding the reason they got paid the billions in the first place. Why these players can’t profit off of their own celebrity with credible companies who want to pay them to endorse their products, autographs, etc makes absolutely no sense at all in our so called free loving American society. I mean, are you kidding me? Just because it’s always been that way doesn’t mean it doesn’t need to change.
    ————————————–

    Yes, brilliant, well thought out solution.

    So Nike, or example, can simply guarantee to pay anyone who will go to Oregon a few hundred thousand for their autographs, etc.?

    Wow.

    You should be running the NCAA because what in the world could possibly go wrong with that?

  97. ronaldmexico7 says: Sep 21, 2013 6:06 PM

    Lets quit calling these guys “student” athletes…what a joke. Maybe Foster could have used all that money he spent on tattoos to buy food. Just another turd that got rich for what he could do on the football field. Whatever…..

  98. tonyc920 says: Sep 21, 2013 6:25 PM

    I think all scholarship athletes should receive a monthly stipend, perhaps up to $600/month during the school season. We’re already paying them indirectly with 4 or 5 year scholarships which usually includes housing, food, and books.
    Granted not all schools accrue revenue in any or all sports. Each school makes that decision on their own, but no school can exceed the predetermined maximum stipend.

  99. cags777 says: Sep 21, 2013 6:41 PM

    Not exactly a real apology. Plus, Foster wasn’t living like a hog in the fat house unlike other college athletes (Kellen Winslow, Andre Johnson, Reggie Bush, etc.). Isn’t the fact that he admitted what he did now better than remaining silent until he dies?

  100. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Sep 21, 2013 6:52 PM

    If they are devoting their time to a team sport they should have at least the basics paid for… Food, Shelter, Transportation, Health Insurance. The NCAA is a predatory corporation. It’s a farce that any of these guys should have to choose between paying rent & paying for food.

  101. dans761 says: Sep 21, 2013 6:53 PM

    CANT STAND Dick but he’s right. His only mistake was tweeting about it but Foster comes out of this looking like a prostitute.

  102. billsboy88 says: Sep 21, 2013 6:53 PM

    I honestly think it is a problem that the NCAA is the primary, if not only, feeder program for the NFL. “Junior” hockey players get paid for their play from the time they are 15. This is why many of the highest prospects in hockey do not opt to play for NCAA teams. However, plenty of players do opt to play for a college team and then move on to the pros with a degree in hand. It’s good that they have the option.

    Currently, there is no junior or semi-pro football league that can compete with NCAA football in any way. There are a host of players in the NFL that did not graduate from their respective universities and most likely never had any interest in doing so. Wouldn’t it make sense for there to be another option besides college for such a player coming out of high school? The NCAA has a monopoly on junior football and making millions, if not billions, because of it.

  103. watchyobehindinharmcity says: Sep 21, 2013 7:26 PM

    I think the IRS should consider going after these players for not paying taxes on the money the received for college play.

  104. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 21, 2013 7:51 PM

    jetsjetsjetsnow says: Sep 21, 2013 6:52 PM

    If they are devoting their time to a team sport they should have at least the basics paid for… Food, Shelter, Transportation, Health Insurance. The NCAA is a predatory corporation. It’s a farce that any of these guys should have to choose between paying rent & paying for food.
    ——————————————————

    Foster’s a punk and a liar.

    Food is included in the scholly.

  105. realfootballfan says: Sep 21, 2013 8:19 PM

    realitycheckbaby,

    Didn’t say that genius. Point out where I said sponsors would be recruiting players. I rather said any player who is on a loop on ESPN should be able to go to a legitimate American company that would be vetted by the colleges to make sure it’s not the Deer Antler Spray guy to endorse their products.

    Tell me why the star player, or even some scrub player on the team, can’t go to a legitimate business, not some under the table nonsense, and get paid to sponsor their product, especially since that’s exactly what the NCAA and coaches already do, genius? Coaches at the worst programs in America have a shoe deal, a car sponsor deal, etc. But you’re telling me that would corrupt college players somehow? Are you kidding me?

    Again, those talking about, well they get a scholarship, multiply a scholarship at the most generous of 100k by 85 players….it sure doesn’t add up to what the revenue they’re splitting between the TV rights, the Bowl money, this extra money I mentioned earlier, the money they’re making from merchandising, etc. It’s beyond absurdity. If it’s about being noble, How different is it from Olympic amateur athletes because they certainly get sponsorships and everything they want paid for?

    coaches should be paid at professor level, which last I checked sure isn’t millionaire status, stop selling their jerseys, and stop selling the rights to major networks to televise. All of those things have a place, it’s called the NFL, which the NCAA claims not to be.

  106. jollyjoker2 says: Sep 21, 2013 8:21 PM

    If I am a senior or junior – I take every dime I can get. Scre w the NCAA …they can go find new slaves the next year.

  107. SAV says: Sep 21, 2013 8:45 PM

    All collegiate players should be paid. Period.

  108. robyesno says: Sep 21, 2013 9:43 PM

    The farce has to stop; vilifying athletes for taking money, saying that an overpriced college education is compensation enough; when everyone, not them, gets to make millions upon millions. The government should step in and stop the exploitation of the college athlete.

  109. graphis56 says: Sep 21, 2013 10:51 PM

    OK. So who’s insulted? Oh, right, crooked sports analysts. ‘This will not stand!’

  110. lagg1 says: Sep 22, 2013 5:19 AM

    DUKE Vitale said that? I think that after these comments his values are shown to be convoluted.

  111. toybkshr says: Sep 22, 2013 7:52 AM

    What bothers me more, is that the NCAA and the rest of us know that this goes on at all big time programs, but a handful get punished, sometimes much more severely than they should.

    How about coaches of these institutions skipping out (Pete Carroll, Chip Kelley, for example) and not having to face the music when ther hands get caught in the cookie jar?

  112. corvusrex96 says: Sep 22, 2013 10:00 AM

    The NFL should have its own minor league then this whole student athlete issue will be closed

  113. blueagle78 says: Sep 22, 2013 1:50 PM

    As far up the DUKE-Y’s rear-end he is = he’s in the same boat…pot calling the kettle black. The way he calls their games, he has to be on their payroll. I can’t stand either of them for that reason and he should just shut the hell up!

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