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I don't understand why the NCAA doesn't find a way to have at least 20 full scholarships for DI baseball especially when states with "Hope" type scholarships have a clear competitive advantage. Thoughts?
The issue on baseball schollys, simply put, is that not enough fans give a damn about college baseball, or there would be more schollys. We have 85 for football--because we care about football so we are willing to equally have 85 women's whateverthell schollys...
People just dont follow college baseball...it's a distant third at best in terms of fan interest, lower in some areas where soccer/lacrosse/ and/or hocky are big...
Agree, additional scholarships in underfunded sports would be a much better use of revenue than paying players IMO.
Actually, I think you are mistaken here, especially in the major conferences. There are a lot more schools that are revenue positive in baseball than just about all other major sports, excluding football and men's basketball.
I'm not a big fan of Title 9, but it is probably necessary else we wouldn't have a lot of Women's Sports.
While I think the NCAA speaks out of both sides of its proverbial mouth on this issue, they allow HOPE for student athletes outside of Football. Why cut off Football? If Joe Namath and Kenny Stabler have a son that wants to play at Bama under the Bryant Scholarship, why restrict the number of years they are eligible to play (I think they cannot contribute for their first 2 years while on Bryant), but if Herschel Walker's son wants to play Baseball/Basketball/Tennis and attend UGA under HOPE it's ok?
Frankly, I think that if any student athlete can get scholarship money outside of an Athletic Scholarship, especially academic and merit scholarships,then by all means they should be rewarded for their efforts. I mean, isn't the whole point of going to college to get an education AND grow as an individual? The NCAA allows students at the service academies (Air Force, West Point, Annapolis, & The Coast Guard Academy) to attend tuition free while earning pay as an Officer in our Nation's Military (And rightfully so I might add), but if Reuben Foster earns a scholarship from Opelika 1st Baptist he cannot use it while using his Football Grant in Aide Money.
I was at a Bama baseball camp when i was younger and my mom had a talk with Coach Wells about the whole title ix issue. He said that he thinks football shouldn't be counted in title ix and I agree with that statement. There is no women's sport that compares with football scholarship-wise so in order to make up for those numbers we end up having to provide scholarships in more women's sports than men's. Without football in the mix, scholarship numbers and number of men's and women's teams would be relatively equal. FWIW my mom's not a big fan of title ix either
Oh, don't get me wrong--many programs, especially the big one, are revenue positive...but people dont care like they do about football or basketball. How many baseball recruiting sites are there? How many regular season college baseball games get their highlights on sportscenter??
People just dont care as much, and so there's no push for better facilities and more scholarships....
Fair point, but I don't think that's really driving the issue. I think if it were purely based on interest, baseball would have twice as many scholarships (and did, if I'm not mistaken, in the days before Title IX).
People don't care as much at UA; definitely not the case at other schools though.
This post was edited by mrw5k 22 months ago
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