Sunday, August 28th, 2011 at 11:57 am  |  12 responses

Stan Van Gundy Speaks Out Against the College Athletic System

With a daughter currently attending the University of Miami, Magic Head Coach Stan Van Gundy can’t avoid hearing about the recruiting scandal and, in typical SVG fashion, he’s speaking his mind. Via the Miami Herald: “Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy was on the University of Miami campus the other day, dropping off his daughter for the semester. Sports scandal swirled all around the school, though it wasn’t obvious on the manicured campus. Soon, Sports Illustrated would call for the disbanding of Miami’s program (again), and eight kids would be nationally stigmatized as cheats. Van Gundy has this way of untangling all the mythology we’ve draped ornately around The Church Of Sports Business, so here’s what he noticed while standing between the library and the athletic department on the grounds where his daughter will learn: a monument to hypocrisy, far as the eye could see. Higher learning is in bed with higher earning, pious pimps acting as priests and police while trying to govern the prostitution, all while pretending those young bodies aren’t actually getting screwed. ’The system is set up for everybody but the kids while pretending to be about the kids,’ Van Gundy said. ‘Athletics and education should be separate. Colleges shouldn’t be farm systems. It doesn’t make any logical sense. But the schools don’t want to be blatantly in the situation of being professional sports even though they already are professional sports. They just want to disguise it, so they hide behind education. But, really, all you want is enough of your athletes to graduate so it looks like that’s what you care about. Anyone around sports knows it is all a bunch of bull [expletive]. I am not calling college coaches or administrators hypocrites. I believe that, in general, they care about the kids and education. But the system is wrong. Being a farm system creates problems that are beyond the control of even the best and most well-meaning administrators of which [UM’s] Donna Shalala would be at the top of my list.’

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  • realD

    he’s completely right

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  • D.O.

    ^^Classy. But for real, good for SVG for saying something. Glad he gave credit to the coaches and others who mean well. The system not the people, that’s the problem.

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    Don’t always like what he says but times like this is why I like SVG’s willingness to speak out.

  • crcall01

    SVG is spot on with this one. Even with that stache u gotta respect his willingness to speak his mind and call out bull s**t

  • http://Nba.com GP23

    Well in Europe, they don’t have college sports. They scout youngsters while they are in high school, then bring them into an academy of a particular club. I wonder if SVG would like that for the US? I highly doubt it..

  • LP

    who is banging Van Gundy’s daughter at the U??

  • Brahsef

    ^Someone’s who’s gettin some rich perks

  • Heals

    Seeing that SVG has no qualms about speaking his mind and a proclivity towards profanity (not totally relative here), I’d love to gear some of his POV’s on life or hoops over couple cold ones…

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    What’s that? Stan has something negative to say? All kidding aside, 100% agree with Vanny G.

  • Harlem_World

    We can agree with SVG and all the others who have spoken out and agreed that college athletics is corrupt and a mockery towards ‘amateurism’ – but what is anyone really going to do about it? Nothing. The college athletes will continue to get screwed for as long as they choose to go that route. Time for something new…The NCAA isn’t going to change unless they are forced to through the emergence of a viable alternative…

  • Skip Bayless Is a Homer

    I liked everything he said until he said he believed Shalala was genuine cough *bullsh*t* cough.