I just hate the idea of people under the age of 23 having money. Hate it, hate it, hate it.
One of the big storylines early in this off season revolved around a push for a way to let college players benefit from some of the revenue they help generate. John Calipari got the ball rolling by nationalizing the conversation, first with KSR and later with ESPN radio shows. Then things got more serious as Steve Spurrier proposed a plan that would pay football players x amount of dollars (I believe the number he used was 300,) for each game they played in. The idea was shot down, of course, but it kept the conversation going. Finally even SEC Commissioner Mike Slive joined in the chorus during his SEC Media Days opening speech, including looking into full-cost-of-attendance scholarships, which would increase the amount of money players receive.
All in all it looked like the talks were moving somewhere. At the very least people were getting used to the idea of sharing revenues with players, whether it was in the form of greater stipends or creating a four conference super league like Calipari suggested.
So much so, that the issue had to be addressed during the NCAA summit that’s currently going on. News from the summit has been slow to trickle out due to the exclusion of most media, but some came out today regarding paying players.
As far as Steve Spurriers proposal – pay for play – Mark Emmert has completely shot the idea down for whatever reason. In his words “There is absolute consensus we will never move to pay for play.” Strong words, but the idea seemed a little far fetched at this point anyways, so I understand.
However the idea of a cost-of-attendance proposal seems to be picking up steam as Emmert claims the NCAA is working on a number of proposals, of which most would make the scholarships permissible but not mandatory.
All in all, the theme of the meeting seems to be following that which Slive first introduced at SEC Media Days. There’s a lot wrong with the system in general and it’s time to look at our options to fix it.
The times? They are a changin’.
We still don’t like Emmert though.