Calumnus DL Kendrick Payne (2008–12) was the feature of a New York Times story on the O'Bannon case that's suing the NCAA for the right to pay college athletes for the use of their likenesses. Despite having a degree in social welfare from UC Berkeley, Payne has spent his time briefly hopping around NFL teams, doing odd jobs of manual labor, and working as a Lyft driver with aspirations for grad or business school. As for his thoughts on the case:
"Football players, we're definitely blessed," he said. "I had an amazing experience at Cal. But why does that mean I can't want more? Why can't I want what's fair?"
"The more removed from playing you are, the more you look back and shake your head at what you gave the school and what the school gave you," Lynch said, noting that California had the lowest graduation rate among Football Bowl Subdivision teams, according to N.C.A.A. data released in October. "I laugh when I think that I used to go from a business class, where all we talked about was free-market economics, straight to football practice, where it's the exact opposite."
The story also gives us a little update on a number of former Cal players, namely Ben "Not Marshawn" Lynch; Bill Tyndall, a plaintiff in the suit; and John Tyndall, Bill's brother, who added:
"Most players want to see things change," said John Tyndall, Bill's brother and another former California football player. "But my feelings are mixed. I don't know how athletic departments will be affected. I don't want college football to turn into the N.F.L."
Payne gave some insight about the true lives of Cal student-athletes.
When he first arrived, Payne said, his meal plan did not cover summer workouts, so there were times when he went hungry. One of his roommates, a fellow teammate, sent his entire cost-of-living stipend home to support his family, he said.
- The top 12 Pac-12 plays from the 2013–14 seasons, with some great Cal memories at plays #5 and 1
- Dat selfie
- Om nom nom—the team learned how to cook their own healthy meals, which is a great cause, but quizzing them on how to boil water probably wasn't worth showing off in the video
- Prepare for the rage of a thousand Old Blues
It's official! The logo for Kabam Field is sewn in and ready to go at California Memorial Stadium. Go Bears! pic.twitter.com/XqKRElJtJe— Kabam (@kabam) July 2, 2014
- A transcript of Marshawn Lynch's interview for ESPN's The Body Issue. No pictures yet. =(
- Updating on Uncle Ted's position reviews for 2014. I don't like seeing all these we'll sees:
|Running back||We'll see|
|Tight end||We'll see|
|Offensive line||We'll see|
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