A college education for free.
That’s the response heard most often from those asked what elite Division 1 athletes are getting in exchange for working full-time for their schools.
That includes the schools and the NCAA, who make millions in some cases off the backs of these players.
The players get no part of those earnings and, as we’ve learned in recent years, often have barely enough money to buy a meal.
When challenged, those institutions are quick to emphasize the “student” part of the student-athlete experience.
“Student-athlete success on the field, in the classroom and in life is at the heart of our mission,” the NCAA says on the front page of its website.
The athletes toppled the money part of that myth this past summer when, in a lawsuit filed on behalf of former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon and others, they convinced a judge that the NCAA had violated antitrust laws and won an injunction allowing schools to share a limited amount of revenues with players.
And now the academic piece is about to fall.
Yesterday, in a 100-page class action complaint filed in Durham County Superior Court, two former UNC-Chapel Hill athletes sued both the university and the NCAA, alleging that both failed to ensure that athletes got the education they were promised.
The lawsuit is the latest offshoot of the academic scandal that has rocked UNC, arising out of no-show paper classes into which athletes were pushed for years. Read More