What’s the fair market value of a college athlete? According to a study by the National College Players Association and the Drexel University Sport Management Department, the average football player at an FBS school competing from 2011-2015 had a fair market value of $456,612. The average men’s fair market value of a basketball player was roughly $1.06 million over four years. (It’s even higher at BCS schools: $714,000 for the average football player and $1.5 million for the average men’s basketball player.)
Speaking of college athletes and money… The California state legislature is considering a bill that would require any public university in the state that receives more than $20 million a year in media and licensing revenues to offer athletes guaranteed 5-year scholarships and provide each athlete $3,600 a year in stipends.
At BYU, new offensive coordinator Robert Anae is shaking things up. The Cougs had their annual Blue-White game Saturday, and even though several key players sat out (including Taysom Hill, expected to the starting quarterback), the offense moved the ball and put 30 points on the board. Sophomore Ammon Olsen and the other QBs looked good (before Olsen suffered a knee injury) and they were moving quickly — snapping the ball about every 8 seconds on average — but Anae, who was brought in from Arizona to speed things up, still wasn’t happy. Whether it’s his players, the Cougar defense, or even the media and their “goofy columns,” Dick Harmon of the Deseret News says that Anae is pushing everyone’s buttons.
Freshman quarterback Tyrone Swoopes, a four-star recruit and early enrollee, was the talk of Texas’ spring game Saturday, but Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman says that even in the new up-tempo offense, the Longhorns’ QBs look very familiar.
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