College athletics and the business behind them are never more in the forefront than during Bowl season. The debates are aplenty: should college athletes be paid for their considerable services? Should the college football playoff be expanded beyond the current four-team format? Why are there so few minorities in positions of power in college athletics?
These are just a few of the questions we discussed with Florida State Athletic Director, Stan Wilcox, on the latest episode of Bill Rhoden On Sports.
As the Seminoles prepared to take on the University of Houston in today’s Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta, Wilcox sat down with us to reflect on his journey from Notre Dame basketball player under Digger Phelps, to law school, to ACC Athletic Director.
“I took my law degree, my position as a former coach and as a former athlete, and I wanted to combine them.” Wilcox explained.
As for the major issues confronting college athletics today, Wilcox talked in depth about potential steps the NCAA could and should take to better serve college athletes who are doing so much to serve the NCAA, college communities and fans in general.
“In the professional leagues, you play a number of years and you become vested in their retirement program. We should be able to explore and think about how we do something similar for our college athletes,” he opined, in reference to possibly allowing athletes to finish their degrees even after their playing eligibility has ended.
We also discuss other ways in which student-athletes can take better advantage of the “college experience,” the pros and cons of expanding the current college football playoff, and the value of maintaining the traditional college football Bowl system.
Finally, Wilcox provides some insight on the most famous athlete he’s had at Florida State, Jameis Winston.
“What I see with Jameis right now is that he has matured to where he is going to be a superstar,” Wilcox said. “He’s a really, really good kid, despite the things you may have read or seen in the papers. Some of those things are just about adolescents growing up.”
Of course, time will tell.
Listen to all of this and more on the latest edition of Bill Rhoden On Sports.
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