Editor’s note: Former LSU coach Dale Brown has never been afraid to vent his frustrations with the NCAA and has done it again. Enjoy.
By DALE BROWN
The NCAA should immediately drop the masquerade of treating college athletes fairly and thereby end the longstanding sham of amateur athletics. In its long history the NCAA has been masterful at legislating against human dignity and has repeatedly exhibited monumental hypocrisy. Well-respected sports commentator Jay Bilas said, “When you are profiting off someone else while restricting them from earning a profit, that’s exploitation.”
Martin Luther King, a true warrior for justice profoundly stated, “One has not only a legal, but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St Augustine that an unjust law is no law at all. “
This is most difficult to do for athletes and coaches because they are constantly threatened by the NCAA Gestapo- type investigations, which can easily cost an athlete his eligibility and a coach his job.
The NCAA cannot make meaningful changes on its own. Its leader, Mark Emmert has already suggested many new ideas and has indicated to me that he will do his very best to bring about change for the good. But school presidents, chancellors, and athletic directors must get their heads out of the sand and do what is fair and honorable. Edmund Burke, 18 century British statesman said, “ Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society; and any imminent departure from it, under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of no policy at all.”
What is wrong with collegiate athletics ? Walter Byers, czar of the NCAA for 36 years was honest and candid when once he was gone from the organization, he strongly stated, “Time and circumstances have passed the entire system of intercollegiate athletics by. The management structure is bureaucratic and irresponsible. Reform will not come from within. The beneficiaries will not give up a good thing.”
I have known several very good people in the NCAA who desperately wanted to see change within the organization and became so disgusted with the status quo that they resigned.
Change never comes easily. As sociologist, author, civic activist, scholar, and professor Doctor Harry Edwards said, “Change is more likely to come in the wake of internal institutional and/or athlete revolt than from reasoned external critique and condemnation. So are the lessons from the past.”
Gandhi stated, “ We must be the change we wish to see.”
Please voice your opinion to bring about change.
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