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Jul 26, 2023Liked by John Canzano

Great take on a great young man. NIL as intended, I'm all in favor. Used to roster tamper, buy recruits and players from the portal, not so much.

Refreshing to see that it is not all about the immediate money for Ron Stone. But for the most part, the game is all about the $ which is why UCLA and USC are walking away from a combined 200 years with the Pac Conference.

Players will be determined to be employees, college football will devolve down to NFL-Lite. Why, because conferences act as separate fiefdoms doing their respective best to fracture the game so they can make more money. Instead of focusing on the best for the collective game and the welfare of "student-athletes" it's every man (conference) for himself. But teams within this structure know they can make more money elsewhere so the poaching of teams, aided and abetted by media companies, from one conference to a bigger-fish conference will continue. This is the natural course of capitalism restricted only by anti-trust laws.

Do college philosophy departments today teach anything other than Nietzsche and Machiavelli?

All the best to Ron Stone this season and in the course of his life's journey.

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Jul 26, 2023Liked by John Canzano

Nice, uplifting article to start the day.

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Jul 26, 2023Liked by John Canzano

I have been a pro sports fan for maybe 65 years, starting with the Rams and the old PCL baseball teams (Angels and Stars) in L.A., where I grew up. I was ecstatic when the Dodgers and Lakers moved to L.A., and the Kings started playing hockey. I watched Pele play (Brazil vs. Mexico) in a packed Coliseum in the 60s. And I loved to follow USC and UCLA football and basketball. So I knew sports back before Big Money took over.

Today, a soccer player gets almost $800 million--for ONE YEAR--from a Saudi zillionaire who has people he doesn't like dismembered. I watch the NFL coddle a disgusting owner for years before forcing him to sell the team--for a five billion dollar profit. I watch pro sports stars hop from team to team, chasing the money. And now I watch college kids do the same.

Reading about Ron Stone Jr. is a much-needed breath of fresh air in a world, including sports at all levels, obsessed with money. Many thanks John. And here's wishing Ron Jr. a great season and pro career. Except Oct. 21, when he comes to play the Ducks, of course.

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Jul 26, 2023Liked by John Canzano

What a level headed young man. We should all be proud of his values and what they represent for the college game of football. His message should deserves to be shared far and wide.

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Jul 26, 2023Liked by John Canzano

Ron Stone Jr. and Brennan Jackson both decided to play the long game. Everyone knows WSU won't win the NIL game, but somehow we sure get some awesome young men in Pullman anyway. Jake Dickert has done an outstanding job considering what he stepped into and has to deal with since then. These young men staying when he didn't even recruit them out of high school speaks volumes to me about what he is creating at WSU.

As someone else said, the NIL is a s--tshow and this thing called college football will eat itself if greed is going to continue to be the deciding factor. The rest of ya all can have the money grabbers.....I'll take as many of the Ron and Brennan types as we can get our hands on instead.

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Jul 26, 2023Liked by John Canzano

NIL is a s--tshow. The NCAA is feckless and I have zero faith in their ability to fix it. That leaves Congress. Good luck with that.

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Jul 26, 2023Liked by John Canzano

My coach and mentor would always tell me that I'm better off, staying in one spot over time rather than continually switching. Until he himself decided to move and then started recruiting me to do the same.

Until the coaches show the same amount of loyalty I think it is hard to ask the players to do the same.

Also coaching salaries are very much inflated as witnessed by the extension Dan Lanning just signed. Plus I believe his PERS income will be very substantial much like Mike Belotti is receiving....unless the State has changed the or capped the amounts.

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John,

A very insightful piece. Stone nails the negative effect of the NIL and transfer portal on college football. I get the financial allure to the players but it usurps the loyalty and integrity lessons for these kids which are more important at this age than the easy money! College football is smelling more like professional sports and I hate it.

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Jul 26, 2023Liked by John Canzano

This article is also a credit to his parents for doing a great job raising this young man.

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Jul 26, 2023Liked by John Canzano

Thank you! That was great! Such integrity! Stories like that give me hope that we can turn this mess around and my grand children will have a world they can spread their wings in.

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Jul 26, 2023Liked by John Canzano

No matter what he does, this kid will succeed with this kind of attitude! Too bad it can't be cloned and handed out to others!! NIL can be so fleeting, but integrity is something that stays with you forever.

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Jul 26, 2023Liked by John Canzano

Money, artificial intelligence, climate change............ There is a long list of variables that are going to unravel this world. As a fan, all we can do is turn on the TV for kickoff and enjoy the games we love.....as an escape from all this madness. If I have to pretend all this stuff isn't happening to enjoy myself.......I'll do just that. I'm sure you agree, John........writing about TV deals/NIL/coaches salaries/conference realignment...........it sucks. I'll be the first to celebrate an article about the GAME!

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Jul 26, 2023Liked by John Canzano

I think Dickert is doing a very good job with the material he has. Fans in Pullman will come out to watch a decent team that can win some Pac-12 games.

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Jul 26, 2023Liked by John Canzano

Refreshing story. Sounds like a young man who has a good head on his shoulders. Hope he sticks with it and not let the almighty greed trip get to him. Doesn’t sound like it will. Good luck to him.

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Ron Stone Jr. has crossed all of his t's and dotted his i's. He knows the grass isn't always greener on the other side.

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Jul 26, 2023Liked by John Canzano

Rarity.

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