Texas QB Sam Ehlinger Goes Off On NCAA In Twitter Rant

first_imgSam Ehlinger and Texas offensive coordinator Tim Beck.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 22: Offensive coordinator Tim Beck of the Texas Longhorns watches as Sam Ehlinger #11 warms up before the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)The issue of colleges paying money to student-athletes is a debate that has raged for decades, with it likely to continue for many more years. Adding his thoughts to the recent discussion is Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who took the NCAA system to task in a recent Twitter storm.On Thursday, Ehlinger called out the NCAA system by comparing the type of work he and other athletes do to a “full-time, unpaid internship.” He explained that the value that the athletes bring to their respective institutions far outweighs the value benefits, not to mention the added hazard of potentially serious injuries.Within this internship, you risk your short-term and long-term health on a daily basis. You endure this internship with less than a 2% chance to advance in your industry and obtain a full-time paid job.— Sam Ehlinger (@sehlinger3) March 7, 2019He used the “full-time unpaid internship” example to call support to a new Congressional bill being proposed that would allow athletes to profit from their name and image.Would you accept this position?Now consider the full-time unpaid internship as College Athletics and the full-time paid job as Professional Sports.Support Congressman @RepMarkWalker and his proposal!https://t.co/2L78eadzKt— Sam Ehlinger (@sehlinger3) March 7, 2019Ehlinger qualified his statement by adding that he is grateful for the opportunity given to him by the University of Texas.Don’t get me wrong, I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to get an incredible degree and play the sport I love at such a prestigious University. I am extremely blessed.It’s an important debate to be had for sure.The American sports landscape is filled to the brim with stories of athletes who got their chance to play college sports, only to find themselves without a paddle when their professional dreams didn’t materialize.The Fab Five of the Michigan basketball team famously received no money from the school despite influencing millions of dollars in added revenue.What do you think of Ehlinger’s Twitter statement?last_img read more

Strictly cheats shun romantic dance for second week as Seann Walsh and

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Seann Walsh will perform a quickstep to avoid a romantic dance with partner Katya Jones when Strictly Come Dancing returns.The comedian and his professional partner were pictured kissing and have been at the centre of a media storm around their behaviour, for which they have apologised.After the “dance of shame” Charleston, which avoided any romantic moves, the pair will continue the competition with yet another safe dance.They will be performing the high-tempo and light-hearted Quickstep to Lightning Bolt, by Jake Bugg.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Walsh’s actions led to the break-up of his relationship with Rebecca Humphries, although his last dance was greeted with cheers from the Strictly audience on the weekend.  Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton will attempt the Samba, Faye and Giovanni have the Foxtrot, while Kate Silverton and Aljaz Skorjanec will have the Viennese Waltz.Danny John-Jules and Amy Dowden have the Jive, and Charles Venn and Karen Clifton went for Couples’ a Street and Commercial with their couple’s choice.Graeme Swann and Oti Mabuse return this week with the Tango, with Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell taking on the Waltz.Sign up for Ballroom Bulletin, your essential weekly companion to this series of Strictly Come Dancing. The average number of viewers was up 1.4 million from last week’s episode.Comedian Walsh and dancer Jones were  scored 28 points for their performance, putting them in fourth place on the leaderboard.The pair had been surrounded by speculation that they would leave the show for the controversial kiss, for which they apologised.Walsh’s now ex-girlfriend Rebecca Humphries broke her silence soon after, claiming the kiss had happened on her birthday.In a withering statement, actress Humphries claimed that Walsh had called her “psycho/nuts/mental” when she suspected something was going on between him and Jones, who is married to Strictly dancer Neil Jones.Saturday’s Strictly barely made any reference to the furore around the stars’ personal lives, with Walsh and Jones ignoring it completely in their pre-recorded material.However, hosts Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly did make a light-hearted reference to it as they opened the show, quipping about the “odd headline” over the past week.Who is dancing what in week five of Strictly?Week five will also see Vick Hope and Graziano Di Prima dancing a Cha Cha to More Than Friends, by James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh.Lauren Steadman and AJ Pritchard will be going Contemporary, Dr Ranj Singh and Janette Manrara will be dancing the American Smooth, and Ashley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev are attempting the Rumba. Seann Walsh and Rebecca Humphries pictured in 2015Credit:Getty Saturday saw Strictly score its highest ratings of the series so far as more than 10 million viewers tuned in to watch the “Dance of Shame”.All eyes were on the comedian and the dancer as they performed for the first time since being wrapped up in the controversy around their kiss.Viewers had to wait until nearly the end of the almost two-hour long broadcast to watch Walsh and Jones, the penultimate couple to perform.It peaked at 11.9 million viewers, had an audience share of 51.2 percent and was the most-watched show across all channels on Saturday, the BBC said. Seann Walsh and Rebecca Humphries pictured in 2015 read more