Terrelle Pryor explained in an interview with Sports Illustrated that he sold memorabilia to provide for his family. Should college athletes be allowed to profit from sales of their personal merchandise?
rjk256: "So he sells his memorabilia and it is against the rules - Ohio State auctions it off and it is just fine, even when he is still playing. How many Pryor jerseys was Ohio State selling and how much were they making - it was on display all over campus and in the stands. "
parz122: "I never understood why the NCAA was so hell bent on making sure these kids cant make any money off of their own name... I have no problem with them not getting salaries and getting a paid education instead but they should still be able to make money off of their own names through endorsements or other business ventures."
willczek261: "This whole thing is so hard to sort out and fix. A lot of these kids wouldn't be on academic scholarships if they weren't on football 'ships so if they were going to school it wouldn't be Ohio State and they would still be paying their own way and the money they could make working wouldn't be enough to help out thier families "
waswas11: "If the NCAA would just figure out a good amount to pay players, this wouldn't be an issue. It is a shame that these schools can make billions of dollars off of kids who mostly will not end up making a living in the NFL or from the "education" they receive as "student-athletes" while in school. "
JKLHerring: "This is a sad story if really true. But there are any number of ways for an athlete that was as highly touted as TP to help out his family that don't involve breaking the rules. If true, sad story all around."
alqbai0707: "There is so much time and effort that goes into playing a Division I sport. They cap the number of hours you can conduct football related activities but that does not count the voluntary activities such as lifting. In the end, the players are committing 40-50 hours per week to football. They should find a way to compensate them appropriately and then make the punishment for violating the rules much stricter."