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Pay athletes, with an education

Don't give college athletes money, give them what they really need – more people looking out for their education.

Updated: March 24, 2005, 10:52 AM ET
By Jason Whitlock | Special to Page 2

At the conclusion of ESPN's two-hour town hall meeting Thursday night on whether college athletes should be paid, Bob Ley offered each of the panelists an opportunity to fire a parting shot. I was jealous. I wanted to be heard.

This is what I would've said.

You don't give young people what they want. You give them what they need. College athletes don't need money. They need additional opportunities to educate themselves. They need a deeper understanding of why it's important ...

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