Reader riled that 'wrong Adams' is on the front page | Adams

John Adams
Knoxville News Sentinel

 Tennessee baseball was once ignored by the general populace. Now, fans are noticing everything about it, as my inbox will attest.

Valued members of my email group also notice where my column appears in the paper. Nice to know they've got my back.

Jerry writes: What is up with you being relegated to page four on May 13th? And who is this upstart, Emily Adams, that took your spot on the front page? Is she your daughter (or possibly granddaughter) or just an opportunist taking advantage of a senior citizen?  Although I appreciate her article about Farragut High School baseball, what gives?

My response: Emily Adams (no relation) has done an outstanding job in her first year on the prep beat. She’s a promising young writer whom USA TODAY Network wants to promote.

However, her rise to the top shouldn’t be at the expense of a fading senior citizen in the twilight of his career. Thanks for noticing, Jerry.

My attorneys have been apprised.

Mike writes: Your column regarding the number of baseball scholarships was interesting. So few scholarships in this sport is insanity, in my opinion, since the actual number of players a university needs in order to even field a team is fairly high.

Thanks for sharing this information.

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My response: College baseball certainly warrants more scholarships. At least, some Tennessee players have benefited from the NIL rule, which has enabled them to make money off their name, image and likeness.

As enthusiastic as fans have become about UT’s baseball program, players should continue to get more financial support.

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Randal writes: Although very few schools make a profit on baseball, it has the most potential to turn profits other than football and men's basketball.  Every SEC school and probably all southern and western Power 5s would vote for increasing baseball scholarships. 

The problem is the Big Ten and other schools with late springs. They know that they are at a disadvantage in baseball, so they oppose increasing baseball scholarships. 

Although your article didn't exactly say it, Title IX would impose a need to fund a similar increase in women's sports scholarships at most schools that increased baseball scholarships, and that doesn't help athletic budgets, the bad part of Title IX that some won't discuss.

My response: That’s another good reason for the SEC to expand into a super conference, where it’s seemingly headed. Put schools together with like interests who can set their own rules and leave the NCAA in the dust.

An SEC super conference surely would allow more scholarships for baseball and softball. Both sports are popular in the Southeast.

Lou writes: I have been watching ever Tennessee game this season. Looks to me like Jordan Beck has been in a batting slump for quite some time. Am I missing something?

My response: You are right. Beck has struggled recently.

He was a combined 1-for-21 against Kentucky and Georgia. But he homered once in the final weekend of the regular season against Mississippi State. He also hit the ball hard in his last two at-bats - one for a single, another a line-drive out to right field. 

Mark writes: I tried really, really hard not to comment on your column. But let’s just call college football like it really is, Semi-Pro Football or Developmental League Football.

When you are being paid, you are no longer an amateur.

Let the NFL subsidize college football as well, and all the various corporate sponsors can throw in. And let’s not forget the agents, these players will of course have to have agents. 

Forget having to go to school, earning credits, getting an education, earning a degree That is all just a bunch of noise. It’s all about the Benjamins now.

Amateur athletics is dead when it comes to football – at least in the SEC.

My response: NIL deals have had a drastic impact on college football, and some fans aren't happy with the concept. However, Tennessee fans can be encouraged that their football program is supported by affluent boosters who are desperate for a winner.

UT will buy its way back to national prominence.

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