Thursday Jul 30, 2020

Episode 32: College Revenue Athlete Special with Hunter Reynolds and Benjamin St-Juste of College Athlete Unity and Miles Lester

In this very special episode, Derek and Nathan are privileged to be joined by three men's revenue sport athletes to discuss a range of issues in college sport. First, they talk to University of Michigan football player Hunter Reynolds and then University of Minnesota football player Benjamin St-Juste, co-founders of the new activist organization College Athlete Unity. Then, they speak with Wake Forest University basketball player Miles Lester.

The conversations with Hunter and Benjamin hit on the reasons for founding College Athlete Unity and what they hope to accomplish, as well as what it has been like to be on campus for 'voluntary' workouts over the summer and now the beginning of formal team activities. All three interviews also deep-dive in the life of a campus athletic worker, including the recruiting process, a typical day in the life of an athlete, the quality of education received, attitudes to compensation/exploitation, and the physical toll of high-performance sport. 

Learn more about College Athlete Unity here. Sign their petition here. Read the UCLA football letter here. More on Rudy Carpenter and the PAC-12 here. Find our article on canceling college football here. You can find College Athlete Unity @cau4justice, Hunter Reynolds @hunt_xxvii, Benjamin St-Juste @Benj_Juice, and Miles Lester @mileslester23.

Hunter Reynolds chats with us at 2:35

Benjamin St-Juste begins at 51:38

Miles Lester begins at 1:32:00

For a transcription of this episode, please click here.  (Credit @punkademic)

After listening to the episode, check out our recent piece "Canceling the College-Football Season Isn't Enough" published in The Chronicle of Higher Education 



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**For a transcription of this episode please click here. Huge thanks to @Punkadmic for making this happen!**

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