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The NCAA Wants You To Think This Is A Day In The Life Of A Student-Athlete

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No offense to the poor sap who had to pretend to be the average unpaid NCAA worker for this 30-second spot—was he paid for this?—but what a shameless piece of propaganda. At no point did this everyday student-athlete grimace after looking at his account balance, get shoved and yelled at by a short-tempered coach, or hoard dining hall food in his coat. The dude didn’t even eat at any point in the video.

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Do the youths just hang out in the middle of a library? Is that a thing that any college student does?

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Because the NCAA shared this dishonest ad on Twitter, a bunch of actual student-athletes, current and former, were able to weigh in. Among them: Former Texas basketball player Myles Turner, ex-Maryland receiver Torrey Smith, former North Carolina lineman R.J. Prince, Kentucky Wildcats running back Benny Snell, former Boise State RB Jay Ajayi, ex-Clemson linebacker Ricky Sapp, former Ohio State defensive lineman Jalyn Holmes, ex-Illinois State lineman Shelby Harris, former Auburn linebacker Corey Lemonier, and Notre Dame safety Devin Studstill. A lot of them kept their responses to GIFs, but the consensus seemed to be that this was horseshit.

Former Virginia football player Eli Harold went into a little more detail:

As did Georgetown track athlete Cody Cooper:

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Texas track athlete Ashley Spencer:

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One time, the NCAA couldn’t punish a football player who had sold his memorabilia for money, since he was going pro, so it made sure the NFL punished him instead.

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