@HighEliteMajor The NCAA doesn’t even actually care when schools break the “rules”, as long as it’s done in the dark. They have shown this repeatedly with their actions. Duke has been caught with their hand in the cookie jar more than once, and approximately nothing happened each time. At the end of the day, they are going to protect their money makers.
The sham of “amateur athletics” and “non-profit” is only there to trick people. I’d say it doesn’t work, but you seem to subscribe to it based on your words here. You are right we have had these conversations before. Would you still try to argue that these players don’t have value beyond a scholarship?
Also nothing to do with paying players is illegal. It has nothing to do with the law. It’s just against NCAA rules, which, again are not really enforced to begin with.
I would agree with you that Self is paid by Adidas. So obviously, Adidas is going to want to get good players sent his way so that he can continue winning, which sells Adidas apparel.
In your theoretical situation, Self doesn’t get enough good players to compete, imo. I think you might be surprised that all KU players are paid. It’s not just players like Wiggins, Josh, Diallo, Selby, Cliff, Silvio etc… It’s Frank, Devonte, Perry, Cole, TRob, Releford, Reed, Taylor etc… Basically any player that has been on scholarship at KU in the last 30+ years. Roy and Larry weren’t clean either. Hell, Wilt didn’t turn down pro money to play in Lawrence for free. It’s been pay for play for a long time. Maybe not as widespread, and the shoecos are relatively new (90s) but the money has always been there for those that want it.
An interesting question would be, what IF the money wasn’t there? I think you would actually see these kids take a year in Europe, Australia etc… but since the money is there they prefer staying in the country.