Getting mad about the wrong thing
An "activist" put a bug up UConn coach Jim Calhoun's butt about Calhoun getting a big salary in these tough economic times.
Calhoun went off on the guy as follows:
“My best advice to you is, shut up,”
“Quite frankly, we bring in $12 million to the university, nothing to do with state funds,” Calhoun shouted back. “We make $12 million a year for this university. Get some facts and come back and see me. … Don’t throw out salaries and other things.
“Get some facts and come back and see me. We turn over $12 million to the University of Connecticut, which is state-run. Next question.”
People, Jimmy's rant unwittingly reveals the real outrage about Jim Calhoun, the University of Connecticut athletic department, Bob Stoops, the University of Oklahoma athletic department, indeed all of "big time" college sports.
For you see, the way Jim Calhoun turns over millions of dollars to the University is the same way all big time athletic programs turn a profit. On the backs of young men (and in some cases women) who toil on the last plantation left in America, the NCAA.
TV networks make money, journalists make money, coaches make money, Universities make money, but the actual performers do not make money. I can't believe we have made it to 2009 with this archaic, unfair, and often racist system still in place.