Oats’ con­tract proves why col­lege sports get scan­dal­ized

The Buffalo News - - OPINION - Ton­awanda Dave Ko­cak

My thanks to Nate Oats for coach­ing the Univer­sity at Buf­falo men’s bas­ket­ball team to success in the NCAA Tour­na­ment and back to back MAC Cham­pi­onships. It was in­evitable that he would leave for a big­ger pro­gram and we should wish him well.

The Buf­falo News de­scrip­tion of his new con­tract points to a ma­jor flaw in big time col­lege sports.

In ad­di­tion to a $2.5 mil­lion salary, he re­ceives a car, coun­try club mem­ber­ship, mov­ing ex­penses and travel ex­penses for him and his wife to and from Buf­falo. Mean­while the play­ers who per­formed so well for him can­not re­ceive money, even for travel for their par­ents to come watch them play.

Is it any won­der that the sport is con­stantly scan­dal­ized by agents and shoe com­pa­nies of­fer­ing bun­dles of money to recruits who will help them and the coaches make mil­lions?

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