Monday, December 17, 2012

Bearcats coach Mick Cronin: 'Players need to be paid'


Cincinnati Bearcats head coach Mick Cronin isn't too fond of all this conference realignment stuff. He voiced his displeasure and opinion on the whole ordeal through the Cincinnati Enquirer over the weekend.

“It’s all ridiculous," said Cronin. "Let’s call it what it is. I’ve thought about this long and hard and I’ve waited to say this. If it’s all about this much money and money grabbing, the players need to get paid.”

His comments came shortly after it was announced that the seven Catholic non-FBS footballs schools were officially leaving the Big East for greener pastures.

“I don’t blame them,” Cronin said. “It’s a shame that football, one sport, has dictated all this and the money that one sport apparently is swinging around and swaying universities to make the decisions. We’re sitting here in a state where the state school is 800 miles from its closest road game. It’s ridiculous. Don’t tell me that people care about student-athletes.”

Cronin is clearly frustrated with the media's propensity to feature realignment talk rather than his team's undefeated start. The Bearcats currently rank No. 11 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll thanks in part to a flawless 10-0 record. Yet the school continues to find itself on the outside looking in regarding the conference shuffling.

Cronin was recently quoted on Thursday that the situation wasn't anything that he lost sleep over. Perhaps he did slept on it and came to the realization that the players deserve to get their fair share of the financial pie as well?

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