More than two years before winning a national championship and installing himself as a part of Buckeye lore, Cardale Jones had some thoughts on going to school: Namely, that he shouldn't be forced to go to classes when he's clearly there to play football.

Jones obviously understood the NCAA system in all of its intricacies, which define Jones' value as a football player to be far exceeding his value as a student. So why attend class? Well, to keep up the charade, but also because that's the entire point of going to college.

Also, people get very mad when you make a great point about the double-standards of college athletics, even if you did so accidentally. At any rate, Jones decided to apologize for his previous statements.

According to the school's athletics website, Jones is an African-American studies major. After rising from the third-string in preseason to starter by the end of the year, and leading Ohio State to a national championship in the first year of the College Football Playoff, Jones briefly considered declaring for the NFL draft.

Ultimately, he decided he had more improvements to make in his game before jumping to the pros. In other words: He's back at Ohio State to prep himself for the NFL, but sure, he'll play along with the academic stuff if it keeps everyone's pants on.

Still, his reformed thinking on the value of education didn't stop Jones from insisting that economics, like talent, can't be taught:

So what you're saying is, school really is pointless.

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College Football Financial Rankings, 2014


1. Ohio State

Buckeyes are valued at $1,127,580,000.


2. Michigan

Wolverines are valued at $999,130,000.


3. Texas

Longhorns are valued at $972,110,000.


4. Notre Dame

Fighting Irish are valued at $936,380,000.


5. Florida

Gators are valued at $815,420,000.


6. Oklahoma

Sooners are valued at $776,540,000.


7. Alabama

Crimson Tide is valued at $760,550,000.


8. Georgia

Bulldogs are valued at $710,900,000.


9. LSU

Tigers are valued at $659,180,000.


10. Nebraska

Cornhuskers are valued at $536,000,000.


11. Penn State

Nittany Lions are valued at $520,680,000.


12. Iowa

Hawkeyes are valued at $491,310,000.


13. Tennessee

Volunteers are valued at $437,120,000.


14. South Carolina

Gamecocks are valued at $421,980,000.


15. Washington

Huskies are valued at $418,560,000.


16. Wisconsin

Badgers are valued at $415,910,000.


17. Texas A&M

Aggies are valued at $382,140,000.


18. Oregon

Ducks are valued at $358,700,000.


19. Auburn

Tigers are valued at $340,350,000.


20. Arkansas

Razorbacks are valued at $327,750,000.


21. Florida State

Seminoles are valued at $325,740,000.


22. Oklahoma State

Cowboys are valued at $319,530,000.


23. Virginia Tech

Hokies are valued at $308,510,000.


24. USC

Trojans are valued at $303,570,000.


25. Texas Tech

Red Raiders are valued at $289,840,000.

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