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Hooper: Compensate college football players with knowledge

College football kicks off this week, but the sense that players aren't fairly compensated and rising concerns about head injuries gnaw at my fervor.

I worry not about the few who will enjoy NFL riches, but rather the many more who will spend four or five years on campus and leave without a brighter future. The guys in that category must take responsibility for failing to capitalize on their opportunities, but some don't gain the practical experience needed for a conventional career because they're too busy playing. Paying players? Not sure, but degree earners definitely deserve a greater reward.

Isn't that what it's all about? …

Pete Edwards has applied for a spot on the Hillsborough Community College board of trustees. Edwards, an African-American community activist, distinguished himself while serving on the Children's Board of Hillsborough County by emphasizing accountability. He would enhance the board's diversity. It'll be interesting to see who Gov. Rick Scott chooses. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Adopt A Mutt. They Have Pure Hearts. …

Chefs are signing up for Dessert First, a Girl Scout cookie dessert/drink competition Nov. 8 at the InterContinental Hotel in Tampa. Proceeds benefit the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida. Go to gswcf.org. …

Kudos to local jazz singer Lisa Casalino, whose talent and steady schedule of appearances have helped her earn a place on the Clearwater Jazz Holiday performance schedule. Casalino will be one of the opening acts for Chicago on Oct. 17.

Of course, this gives me another chance to note that Chicago should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

That's all I'm saying.

Hooper: Compensate college football players with knowledge 08/25/13 [Last modified: Sunday, August 25, 2013 7:44pm]
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