Rich Rodriguez, coach of the Arizona Wildcats, discussed his support of Jake Fischer and Jake Smith on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” earlier this week. Fischer, a linebacker for the Wildcats, and Smith, a kicker, have joined Ed O’Bannon in his lawsuit against the NCAA.
Rodriguez’s thoughts, via Sporting News:
Jake and Jake came to my house the other day and talked to me about the case and their involvement. They’re two conscientious guys, and they’re both really appreciative of playing college ball. It’s not like they’re disenchanted with the system. They love being student-athletes. But with the likeness issue, they wanted to see if they could have a voice for college athletes, and I said I support that.
I know there’s concerns (in the NCAA) about where this lawsuit will lead. And we need to keep it as amateur status. We already have a pro league, it’s the NFL. Let’s not make college a minor league. I just think we can do a few things, get a couple thousand more (dollars a year) to help out the players.
The outcome of the lawsuit could cause a monumental shift in the structure of NCAA sports. We will be keeping you posted as more news develops.
[Source: Sport News]