By Jessica RinaldiThe Oregonian/OregonLiveStaffThe Oregon and Oregon State University student union hosted an open-door discussion on college athletics Thursday, where they fielded questions from more than a dozen students and coaches about the state of college sports.
The forum was a chance for students and alumni to voice their thoughts about issues related to college sports, including the importance of college athletics, the importance and impact of NCAA participation and the need for more transparency.
Among the topics addressed during the three-hour meeting was the role of the media in college sports and the importance that schools and athletes have to the NCAA’s decision-making process.
The issue of the NCAA and its members has been a contentious one.
Students and alumni have long complained about the lack of oversight by the NCAA, with some students saying the NCAA has been too lenient with coaches and other players who have committed crimes.
The NCAA has also received criticism from fans and the general public.
As a result, the college athletic associations have been pushing for changes to the rules that would address the concerns of students and their advocates.
In the past, the NCAA had a rule that allowed teams to hire former players.
The new rule requires teams to take former players on scholarship if they want to hire them on a full-time basis.
But the new rule has left some schools and coaches feeling they cannot hire former athletes.
“I think a lot of people are feeling like they’re getting ripped off,” said Ryan Wurzer, a junior at Washington State.
“I think it’s a pretty significant step in the right direction, but it’s just a really small step in terms of the whole thing.”
The student union also held an open house to discuss ways to promote the institution of higher education.
Wurzer said he is working on a thesis about the influence of the Ivy League on the college sports industry.
He hopes to take his work to other schools to give them the tools to create their own policies on their campuses.
Wurtz said he believes the school-based change that the students are pushing for is a good start.
“If I get an opportunity to work with a college, I’m going to want to do whatever I can to make sure that that school’s values and the way that they promote and the type of sports that they run are not a detriment to other students or other organizations,” he said.
Wu and his classmates said the school board and the athletic department have not been receptive to their proposals.
Wurstzer said the college students have been given no indication that they are being listened to.
“This is a very important issue, and it’s important to be heard,” Wurtz told The Oregonian.
“We have to have this conversation.
I think we’re doing a pretty good job at that.”