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  1. #1 Former UCLA Basketball Player “I was an athlete masquerading as a student.” 
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    Former UCLA Basketball Player “I was an athlete masquerading as a student.”
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    ....According to ESPN, the former UCLA basketball player opened up the trial by arguing he was in school to get drafted into the NBA, not to earn a degree. He said he spent 40 to 45 hours per week on team activities compared to 12 hours studying.

    …”I was an athlete masquerading as a student,” O’Bannon said on the stand. “I was there strictly to play basketball. I did basically the minimum to make sure I kept my eligibility academically so I could continue to play.”

    He also said his academic adviser was behind his switch from a communications major to U.S. history, since classes in the latter would be easier to schedule around basketball.

    “There were classes I took that were not easy classes but they fit my basketball schedule so I could make it to basketball practice,” O’Bannon said.

    U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken previously separated O’Bannon’s case from that of Sam Keller, a former quarterback at Arizona State. The NCAA settled the Keller case, which was to focus on video games, Monday for $20 million ahead of its March, 2015 trial. O’Bannon’s case will determine whether or not Division I basketball and football players get a piece of the billions of dollars the NCAA makes from TV deals for live events and rebroadcasts.

    O’Bannon and the plaintiffs are not seeking individual damages, but are rather hoping to shatter the NCAA’s strict model of amateurism. 20 plaintiffs in total, the group wants student-athletes to be able to market and sell their own image before turning pro.

    O’Bannon was sure to acknowledge the benefits of playing in college on a scholarship, such as not paying tuition, room and board or his relationship with the late John Wooden. He also said he is still in contact with Jim Harrick, his former coach, and that he met his wife in school...
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    This is only because he wasn't good enough for the NBA so he's blaming his failures on the school.
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    From amateur to I'm-A-turd in one easy step.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NJCardFan View Post
    This is only because he wasn't good enough for the NBA so he's blaming his failures on the school.
    I don't know about that, though the 'Athlete masquerading as a student' is a 'No,DUH' item. The NCAA, the schools, the merch licensees, and even the sports press makes trainloads of money off these kids, I can see why they feel like they're getting ripped off. It's not like the schools are exactly giving those scholarships away, there is a huge ROI for them on it, the way things are currently structured.
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    Ripped off? Hardly. Tuition is $33,193 living on campus. 4 years is $132,772 plus they come out with a degree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NJCardFan View Post
    Ripped off? Hardly. Tuition is $33,193 living on campus. 4 years is $132,772 plus they come out with a degree.
    Still peanuts compared to what the schools make off them, and except for the few true student-athletes in the system who actually excel academically at the same time they're playing, no employer takes those degrees seriously. They know most of the athletes had to be hand-fed and tutored through them to even come out with a C+ average or a Phys Ed degree...the best most of those dopes can hope for if they don't make the MLB cut is that some well-to-do alum will hire them, probably in sales, and they can eventually gain the job experience to make their way after basically wasting most of four years.
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