Anyone worried whether Colin Kaepernick’s sudden celebrity has altered the San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback or turned him Hollywood-soft need only arrive at the team practice facility at, oh, 5:55 on any given morning.
There you’d find Kaepernick’s white Jaguar sedan — recompense for one of the ads he shot this offseason — in the first stall of the parking lot and Kaepernick on a bench in the weight room. Or sprinting across the practice field. Or tethered, via a 10-foot chain, to a stack of 35-pound plates he’s dragging across the turf.
– Matt Barrows, Sacramento Bee
As many as three of of the seven players they rely most upon will be lost in the next year. This is their time, turning it into a make-or-break season.
If the team does well, they can be deadline-buyers to replace one of the seven in the event of an injury or give any healthy unit an upgrade. At the same time, some of them could be gone to restock for the future if the team struggles leading up to the Olympic break.
– MJ Kasprzak, Examiner.com
But most athletic directors, coaches and players understand how the system actually works. At the top levels of college sports, you win or you walk. Revenue sports trump school, and damned near every time. You can get an education if you can fit it in, but one must know one’s priorities –or hit the bricks.
Therein lies the major flaw in Shaw’s utopian plan (the minor flaw is that a stipend doesn’t negate the powers of education and contacts). The fact is, paying athletes cannot corrupt a process already spectacularly corrupted by adults. The Darwinian nature of the college athletics industry has been made all the more cynical and cash-driven by the way the large universities are congealing into a fist for a fight with the NCAA over who will control both supply and demand of this very lucrative product.
-Ray Ratto, CSN Bay Area