33 seconds. A little over ½ of a minute and every stake holder in all things Zion Williamson heart stopped beating and a quietness filled Cameron Indoor Stadium that hasn’t been “unheard” since Miami stunned the Blue Devils in 2012. And before I continue, let me make this perfectly clear; I am not making a mockery of the young man’s injury but at the mockery of the NCAA system that pretends to have the athletes’ best interest at heart yet makes millions off of them and gives athletes the proverbial “pennies” when it’s all said and done. I mean let’s be honest; Zion Williamson should not ever have suited up in the NCAA for the simple reason of what almost transpired on last night.
Luckily it looks like Zion Williamson didn’t suffer a serious injury and more than likely will be ready to suit up, at the latest, for the ACC Tournament beginning March 12. That layoff gives he and his family enough time to hire a PR expert to draft a letter and let the coaching staff and the faithful Dukies know that they appreciate all that the university has done; but they are finished at the amateur…I mean collegiate level. While that last statement may come off as comical; if I’m in Zion’s camp, that is the advice I am giving. I mean it makes sense. It may not make cents for the powers that be; but it most definitely will for Zion and his family.
The truth of the matter is that the hype (though this kid is anything but a bunch of hype) around Zion Williamson has already generated millions for many individuals whose version of a basketball game is a round of horse with the grandkids. Yet, each time he or any other athlete steps foot on the court, field, track, pool, ice, or any of the other sports in college, they are paid. Now if this is considered fair, then we might as well allow the coaches to cash in on lucrative contracts outside of their coaching salaries as well…. hold up my PR is trying to tell me something…. I am told that there are coaches who has had separate deals with major shoe companies for years now. Note to PR…I, like every other individual who follow sports knows this; I was just trying to paint a picture. It seems to me that the ones who are doing the most to generate the income is getting nothing more than some shoes that can’t even stand up to the weight of these athletes who are carrying whole universities with their mind, bodies, and souls. I have a suggestion though, a very simple one in deed, PAY THE PLAYERS OR PUT ALL COACHES AND ATHLETIC DIRECTORS AND PRESIDENTS ON EQUAL FIXED PAY SCALES ACROSS ALL NCAA DIVISIONS. Crickets and more crickets. Because the latter part of that last statement is too simple; about as simple as the first part of the statement. The problem is that it doesn’t make cents.