Listen. I get it. Colleges don’t want to get stuck with thousands of dollars in outstanding payments by people who have technically graduated and moved on from the school.
According to a January 2019 report by AL.com, the University of Alabama football program had revenue of $111.1 million during the school’s 2018 fiscal year. Out of that $111.1 million, $48.2 million of it was PROFIT.
The year before, the Alabama football program had revenue of $108.2 million – $45.9 million of it profit.
In 2016, the football program had revenue of $103.9 million – $47.7 million being profit.
In 2015, revenue was reportedly $95.1 million and the fiscal year before that, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix’s final year playing for the Crimson Tide, revenue was $95.3 million with a $53.3 million surplus.
So the university has made over $200 million in profit from the football program over the past five seasons.
I point all of this out to show how ludicrous it was for Alabama to withold Clinton-Dix’s degree which he completed in May of 2018…
… because he owed the school… one dollar.
Needless to say, reactions to this news were what you’d expect.
I’ll send you a dollar I’d love to say I paid for someone’s college education— John McConville (@johnnymac87) April 19, 2019
Send in 100 $.01 checks.— Ryan Alexander (@w_ryanalexander) April 18, 2019
Send them .99 and see if they'll keep holding it for a penny— Jamario Moon (@IAmJamarioMoon) April 19, 2019
Feels so good to know my school is soooooo compliant.— brad jackson (@wbradjackson) April 19, 2019
Is it too soon to suggest you reach out to Felicity Huffman or Lori Loughlin to cover it? 🤭— Glen Waldow (@gwaldow) April 19, 2019
Be worse, NCAA. You can’t.