Let’s look at the real student athletes

Cameron Ruland, who received several awards for being a scholar and an athlete, stands with Ramona High School Principal Tony Newman during Senior Scholarship Night. Sentinel photos/Bill Tamburrino

Why are amateur athletes given gold rings that can be used to barter? How do athletes get shoulder pads, helmets, jerseys, shoes and you name it every week to barter?

Some of the athletes had some interesting ideas and quotes. One stated that because so many are from the inner city that they should be able to make money off the school because the school makes money off them. Carry that line of reasoning one step further. Since RHS gets money from the state for ADA (average daily attendance of students in school), then the students should be able to steal and sell any equipment, books or supplies that the school has.

One coach, Steve Spurrier, suggested that players get money for playing. Steve, where have you been? They already do. However, he suggests that if we pay a stipend to all scholarship athletes that there would be less cheating. He may have a point. I wonder how may NFL rookies take a cut in pay their first year in pro football. That’s right, there is no NFL right now.

I have long been an opponent of the BCS. The letters BS and CS are too symbolic and do adequately describe the BCS. Thank you, Fiesta Bowl! Guess what? Bowl officials have been ripping off the bowls’ money. If they don’t stop or at least cut back, then the Fiesta Bowl might lose its BCS status. Is that what discipline and integrity is all about in college sports?

Let’s face it. Big-time college sports are not about college or sports. They are about money. The kids at Ohio State were just what their superiors have been doing and modeling. They got caught, and as a result their superiors got caught. How many other programs have not been caught and will not get caught? If you think that Ohio State is an isolated example, I want to sell you some ocean front property in Montana.

Last Thursday night I realized why I am a proponent of high school athletics and I became a fan of small-time college athletics. I attended Senior Scholarship Night in the Ramona High School Gym. At that assembly over $1.5 million was awarded to deserving RHS students. Scholarships were given for automotives, art, future teachers, future business leaders, future doctors, future journalists, future soldiers, marines, sailors, guardsmen and airmen. In a tough economy $1.5 mil is a lot of dough.

Student/athletes were given grants and scholarships to NAIA and NCAA Division III institutions of higher learning. The NAIA and the NCAA Division III schools still think that athletics are an integral part of the educational process. Their student/athletes actually go to their institutions to get an education and not to get drafted by the NFL or NBA.

Nate Lutu is going to Mayville State University in North Dakota to continue his education and to play football. He received grants for academics and athletics. The Comets have an enrollment of 982 and compete in the NAIA, and there is a 14-1 faculty-to-student ratio.

Nate will be pursuing a degree in business and hopes to go into sports management. Nate was not offered deals on cars. If he gets any rings, he will have to buy them. Nate could manage some of the D1 athletes who are selling memorabilia.

Kellsie Domnitz will be traveling to Missouri Baptist University to earn a degree in English with a minor in business so that she can go on to law school. While attending Mobap with 3,412 other undergraduates, Kellsie will be playing softball at the NAIA institution.

Kellsie Domnitz, Cassie Ford and Lexi Slater are pictured with their softball coach for the past four years, Robin Brainard. The three seniors will attend college in the fall and play softball in the spring. They each earned four varsity letters in softball at RHS.

Her travel ball coach, Terry Fick, set up her trip to visit the school. Kellsie loved the place and signed a letter of intent to play there. If she earns a law degree, she could help some of the D1 athletes and coaches who recently broke some laws.

Cassie Ford will be attending the Colorado School of Mines to become an engineer. She has earned over a 4.4 GPA at RHS and is getting academic and athletic aid to play softball at the prestigious academic institution. Cassie not only can hit a rise ball, she knows why it rises.

Jason Snodgrass and Blake Drake will travel to Concordia University in Portland, Ore., to earn degrees and play baseball. They received grants based on need. Jason’s dad, Kenny, didn’t ask for $100,000 for his son’s services. Blake didn’t ask for any tattoos.

Tyler Jackson will be going to Western New Mexico University. Western New Mexico has yet to be mentioned in any play-for-pay controversies.

Cameron Ruland, Amy Mazzola, Tori Sheppard, Connor Koch, Marshal Thrasher, Colin Torsak, Paul Loska and several other student/athletes got scholarships to continue their educations because of the student part of student athlete. Amy was the RHS valedictorian and will be attending ASU on a full tuition honors scholarship. She plays a mean game of tennis.

Bryson Garcia will be attending the Naval Academy Preparatory School and hopes to go on to the Naval Academy at Annapolis. Navy actually pays its midshipmen, and the scholarship is worth over $35,000 but Navy has never been accused of buying athletes. Midshipmen don’t sell their rings. They buy them.

Lexi Slater will be going to Division I Iowa State to play softball. Softball players are seldom if ever accused of being shamateurs.

“If anybody learned anything at last week’s Senior Scholarship Night, I hope it is that there are places where student/athletes can go to continue their educations and continue to play athletics,” said Coach Robin Brainard, a teacher/coach.

She said it all.

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Posted by Karen Brainard on Jun 8 2011. Filed under Sports, Time Out With Tambo. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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