Clemson linebacker/safety Isaiah Simmons, like many of us, is getting increasingly frustrated with the fact that college football coaches are routinely earning seven-figure deals and appearing all over TV, while the players like him aren't allowed to make a dime off of their football ability.
Simmons, who is coached by a guy making nearly $7 million this season in Dabo Swinney, is pining for athletes like him to get a piece of pie.
"You see the main players from teams, most of the time quarterbacks, receivers, running backs, some way, somehow, their jersey just magically appears in that store,” Simmons said. “I feel like if other people can get your signature and sell it, then I feel like you should be able to too, because you’re the one that’s working hard to make a name for yourself."
Swinney just signed a 10-year, $93 million dollar extension in the offseason. With every expensive new deal and glitzy, unnecessary upgrade to the facilities, the NCAA's middle finger which frequently greets their student athletes protrudes even further out.
Mark Emmert and the NCAA are committed to doing everything wrong in a comically inept way, so Simmons' capitalistic request for athletes to earn what the market says they are worth is going to fall on deaf ears.