December 20, 1985 |
Two former college athletes are creating an organization to "look after the rights of major college football and basketball players." Johnny Rodgers and Dick DeVenzio announced the formation of Revenue Producing Major College Players Assn. at a news conference Thursday. They said their objective is to force NCAA universities to use money generated by football and basketball players to enhance the education and careers of those players.
November 17, 1999 |
As a student athlete playing baseball at Cal State Fullerton, Sergio Brown was too busy with games and practices to hold a part-time job. Desperate for cash, he started working occasional weekends parking cars and setting up special events. Before long, he was joined by teammates also crunched for time and money. Soon Brown had the beginnings of a business, supplying staff for conferences, dog shows, corporate functions, private parties and special events for nonprofit organizations.
January 15, 1990 |
The war on drugs marches ever forward. Panamanian strongman Manuel A. Noriega, the former drug-running dictator, is safely held in a Florida lockup. U.S. warships are heading for the coast of Colombia. And now we are aiming our sights at the American college campus, where, apparently, football players are the next target. Now, I'm not naive. I know all about college kids, having been one once myself. Given the chance, they swallow goldfish. They throw up at parties.
June 22, 1985 |
Drug use by college athletes is largely social and experimental and may be exaggerated, a nationwide study of more than 2,000 college athletes indicates. The study, financed by a $25,000 grant from the NCAA and covering 11 large and small unidentified schools nationwide, was conducted by William Anderson and Dr. Douglas McKeag of the Michigan State University College of Medicine.
February 26, 1995 |
Winning a national football championship brings glory and, with it, the most important force in college athletics--money. Even in sports deemed "amateur," money is the root of all competition. Since the University of Nebraska won the national football championship on Jan. 1, the Cornhusker state has gotten much richer. The ringing of cash registers can be heard everywhere. Sports Illustrated sold 300,000 copies of its national championship collector's edition in Nebraska alone.
November 28, 1989 |
The year was 1964, and UCLA would win its first national basketball championship. Not only was there a wizard in the making, but there was also a monster. According to Jack Hirsch, a starting forward on that team, boosters paid players $5 a rebound up to 10 a game and $10 for each rebound beyond that. UCLA, which had the smallest team in what was then the Athletic Assn. of Western Universities, led the league in rebounding.