Editor: I am about as un-sport as a person can be. I only followed the sports my children played while growing up. I attended Ohio University and take great pride in letting people know I am a Bobcat, not a Buckeye.
I am also one of the dinosaurs who still get The Dispatch delivered every day. And even though I am not a sports person I read the Sports section every day. The highlight for me is the "Overheard" quote of the day.
(Thursday’s) three articles regarding college athlete compensation for name, image and likeness were phenomenal. Each article added a layer to the story that made it easy for the uninformed like me to understand.
I look forward to future articles.
Gary L. Sigrist Jr., Grove City
Gary: Welcome, fellow dinosaur, and thanks for the kind words. I will trust that you saw Rob Oller’s Friday column on the potential drawbacks to an open season of NIL, as well as his column today on the subject. Stay tuned — much more to come.
Ray: I’m no tax accountant, but taxes due on $100,000 annual earnings in the form of tuition, room, board and world-class medical coverage from all college athletes might be a considerable chunk of change.
What’s that old proverb, be careful what you wish for?
Steven H. Spring, South Charleston
Steven: I’m not sure we read the story the same way. What I remember is that Gene Smith said NIL income would be taxable, not the cost of the scholarship. Unless the NCAA is totally going rogue here …
Ray: You offered a nice rejoinder (Mailbox, last Sunday) about the NFL draft: "… But that’s easier to acknowledge when your school produces 2½ of the top three players in the draft."
That made my Bucks-fan morning. Of course the SEC is better. And it’s obvious that Ryan Day is turning OSU into the top college football program in the nation. Just hope there’s still college football.
Regarding Joe Burrow, you could debate whether keeping him on the bench so much was Urban Meyer’s brightest move, but I get it that it was hard to take out a J.T. Barrett or Dwayne Haskins.
David Scott, Columbus
David: Hindsight is always 20/20 in such matters, of course, but I don’t know how anyone could argue that Joe Burrow had a better 2018 season than Dwayne Haskins.
Editor: Art Schlichter turned 60 years of age last Saturday (April 25). Within the next six months Art will be released from federal prison. As much as he "wronged" people through his gambling addiction, he has paid his debt to society.
Art is a testament that gambling addiction is a disease. He is now battling Parkinson’s. As sad as this chapter is for Buckeye Nation, it is a reality story that must continue to be told. Especially when there are currently 17 states, including Ohio, that have pending bills for legalizing sports betting.
Happy birthday, Art! We pray that you can live out the remainder of your life through peace in Jesus, and that you are able to spend some time with your two lovely daughters and the rest of your family.
Glenn Maxwell, Gahanna
Glenn: No argument here. Best of luck to the man.