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Cal Has A Plan For Players To Get A Living Expense

Coach Cal made like Fake Barney and got the most out of his time on Kentucky Sports Radio this morning, talking in depth with Matt about the 500 wins situation, the prospects of this year’s team and the NBA Draft.  It was one part of the conversation though that stood out as Calipari said that he believes there is a way for players to earn a living expense from their schools.  Yes, John Calipari has a plan.  And Mark Emmert isn’t a part of it. 

Here are the key components of the Calipari Plan: 

1) Create Four New “Super Conferences” – Because of a a disparity between programs at the top of the financial food chain and those schools that are, as Calipari put it, “barely Division 1”, there would have to be a significant change made to create a more solid financial structure.  Under Calipari’s plan, four new “Super Conferences” would have to be created.  He proposed a Western Conference, a Northern Conference (comprised of Big 10 schools and others), a Southern Conference (the SEC and others) and an Eastern Conference (ACC-type schools).  Each conference would be made up of 16-18 schools featuring both Division 1 basketball and football programs, giving 64-72 total members.

2) Players Will Get Paid – In what probably amounts to the biggest difference from the current structure, Calipari believes that the plan he’s devised will allow for enough additional revenue to pay athletes about three to four thousand dollars a year for their participation.  That money would come from television and other corporate sponsorships and all revenue would be shared by the schools.  In addition to being able to pay all players, Calipari said that there is even room in the surplus to give $10 million directly to schools for their academic endeavors, “get their Title IX in order” and fund their intramural programs.

3) Everyone Has A Shot At The Basketball Title – Well, everyone who chooses to leave the NCAA and join the four super conferences, that is.  Under Calipari’s plan, all 64-72 teams would participate in the post-season tournament, with the seedings created in much the same way that the are now.  In fact, there’s really little change in the event outside of fewer mid-major schools and more major conference programs.  There would still be conference tournaments to determine a champion as well.

4) The Plan For Football – Though Calipari’s plan is comes rooted heavily with basketball in mind, he also has a plan for the football programs of the 64-72 teams who would choose to leave the NCAA.  It’s a pretty simple one.  Each division winner would immediately be placed in a Final Four and would have to win two games to be declared the national champion.  For the non-division winning teams, the same basic bowl structure would be held.  Teams would become bowl eligible, choose where they’d like to play and those games would still fill the calendar leading up to the championship.  Not a lot of change.  Except the schools make the money.

Article written by Thomas Beisner

44 Comments for Cal Has A Plan For Players To Get A Living Expense

  1. Sexington
    10:52 am June 22, 2011 Permalink

    Hmmmmmm idk

  2. Sexington
    10:53 am June 22, 2011 Permalink

    Nevermind I thought the last point was for basketball carry on cal

  3. Computer Blue
    10:54 am June 22, 2011 Permalink

    You had me at eliminate the NCAA.

  4. Tom Handy
    10:59 am June 22, 2011 Permalink

    No NCAA, sign us up…

  5. WG
    11:01 am June 22, 2011 Permalink

    Let me get this straight: each CONFERENCE would have 64-72 teams? So if all 64-72 teams get to compete for the title as the above states, does that mean that the championship will only be by conference?

  6. WG
    11:03 am June 22, 2011 Permalink

    Alright it’s been changed. Makes more sense now.

  7. I hate Duke
    11:04 am June 22, 2011 Permalink

    Another reason why I have a man-crush on Cal. This guy get’s it. Ef the NCAA and Mark Emmert. Go Big Blue!

  8. claydwildcat
    11:09 am June 22, 2011 Permalink

    Sounds good, however, how do you regulate everything?

  9. BlueBalls
    11:12 am June 22, 2011 Permalink

    He said all athletes would get the stipend, not just basketball and football. Were you even listening?

  10. bayoucat
    11:13 am June 22, 2011 Permalink

    This is all good until the programs who have the most loyal/wealthy boosters start paying players more than the 3-4K under the table to come to their school. We have outstanding boosters but I don’t see them competing financially with boosters from say Texas or Southern Cal or even Florida. Who would enforce the regulations for the super conferences?

  11. MillerMan
    11:14 am June 22, 2011 Permalink


    There are more sports in college then Basketball and Football, you gotta find a way to pay all of them.

  12. Odd Man Out!
    11:15 am June 22, 2011 Permalink

    Great thought but too many schools rely on the NCAA to get them to leave and join a “super conference”. While I believe there are a lot of schools that would, UK being one of them, the bottom tier schools in the ACC, SEC, etc. would have a tough time. Even though it would benefit them to make the move, there simply aren’t enough of these lower tier school with balls big enough to leave the NCAA!

    It’s a shame too because it would be the best situation for the fans, schools, student athletes, etc. Not to mention revenue sharing so big time schools like UK with basketball, wouldn’t take the majority of the money. But they certainly would generate money for the other schools!

    Almost a semi-pro league for the two major college sports, but still have requirements of being classified as an amateur.

    I like it!

  13. BlueBalls
    11:16 am June 22, 2011 Permalink

    He also said each league would audit the other leagues for compliance even having a body with subpeona power for those that will think he’s dodging the rules.

  14. His name is Jarrod Polson......
    11:19 am June 22, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t understand the need for college athletes to get paid. They get a free education and housing through scholarships. Typical students (those who aren’t on a full ride) have to take out loans to pay for school just to pay it back afterward. Why don’t athletes, who will either make millions playing pro or fall back on a job according to their degree, take out some loans to pay for their expenses outside of what is being given to them? Also, what about the walk-ons? They have to pay for school on top of everything else. Will they get the cash too, or will it be applied to what they are already paying the university?

  15. Rest in peace Mel Turpin
    11:19 am June 22, 2011 Permalink

    Leave the NCAA?! Love it. Revolution is in the air. I’ve got $5, let’s start a fund to buy an ad on ESPN.

  16. dale massey
    11:41 am June 22, 2011 Permalink

    Don’t know if it will work butt
    NCAA is a JOKE.they’re always on our case what about when that Corey dude from duke took money what happened there,why is coach k so untouchable

  17. uk#1
    11:41 am June 22, 2011 Permalink

    i wont listen 2 him about anything all he does is lie and cheat..

  18. Versailles Cat
    11:42 am June 22, 2011 Permalink

    I’m sick of the argument that players should be paid. They already receive a free education if they choose to accept it. Even players who choose not to do the work to graduate are provided with top-notch training at world class facilities and are given national exposure that give them the best chance to make it to the next level. Players don’t have to go to college if they feel like they’re being used. They can choose to take a job out of high school and train on their own until they are draft eligible.

    College athletes live much better than average college students. They have all of their necessities paid for, and there are dozens of ways to LEGALLY skim off the top of what they already receive for extra spending money. College athletes are not being used. If they were they would quit. There is absolutely no reason to give them more than they already receive.

  19. 96CATS98
    11:44 am June 22, 2011 Permalink

    How does this solve the football problem? With 72 teams there would be 18 teams per division. I’m guessing they are not going to expand the football season to 17 games, so all teams will not play every other team in their division. It is feasible that 2 or more teams could go undefeated in a division. Now, you can have a one-game championship for the division title, but what if 3 teams are undefeated? How do you determine which 2 play for the division championship? One would get left out and we have the same uproar we have already.

  20. Rockfield, KY
    11:47 am June 22, 2011 Permalink

    If they choose to accept payment, the should have to sign an agreement that will keep them in school for a certain period of time, with very harsh penalties if the agreement if broken.

  21. Rockfield, KY
    11:48 am June 22, 2011 Permalink

    If a school leaves the NCAA, do they still have to adhere to the APR scoring method or is that out the window?

  22. dale massey
    11:48 am June 22, 2011 Permalink

    Don’t know if it will work but
    NCAA is a JOKE.they’re always on our case what about when that Corey dude from duke took money what happened there,why is coach k so untouchable

  23. Jeff from Owensboro
    12:00 pm June 22, 2011 Permalink

    hmmm, march madness would never be the same, I like the fact that a Butler or VCU can make the final four, everyone likes cheering for the underdogs durring the tournament.

  24. Craig
    12:01 pm June 22, 2011 Permalink

    19: I imagine each of the 4 super conferences would have to have 2 divisions, and there would be a conference championship to determine who goes on. So really, you’re looking at an 8 team tournament.

  25. kyleb740
    12:07 pm June 22, 2011 Permalink

    What about teams that are good at BB, but not FB or vice versa? Boise St and TCU are horrible at BB, but among the top 20 programs in FB. Gonzaga is usually camped in the top 25 in BB, but I don’t think they even have a football program. Other schools like Georgetown and Villanova don’t have D-I football programs either.

  26. BigBlueMan
    12:07 pm June 22, 2011 Permalink

    Amazing in it’s simplicity!
    Big Blue Party in 2012!

  27. HackRichards
    12:10 pm June 22, 2011 Permalink

    I’d love to see Cal & his plan stick it in the NCAA’s arse! Way to Go Coach Cal. I hope the Media types start talking this up!

  28. BigBlueMan
    12:12 pm June 22, 2011 Permalink

    Regarding the non “super conference schools”. Let them have a play in to the tournament, even as non-members. Chances are none of them are ever going to win, so it wouldn’t be like you’re giving away much. After this change, the NCAA’s power will be incredibly diminished, so they’d probably go along with whatever the remaining schools request.

  29. Terrell Pryor
    12:14 pm June 22, 2011 Permalink

    3-4 thousand is chump change. Studs like me will demand more!

  30. RKA
    12:20 pm June 22, 2011 Permalink


  31. stevie
    12:29 pm June 22, 2011 Permalink Says:
    June 22nd, 2011 at 11:41 am
    i wont listen 2 him about anything all he does is lie and cheat..


    Seems to me like you had your big, ole, dumb, 14 pound ears listening quite heavily.

    Even had to make a comment about it.

    Yeah, you’ll listen!

  32. coop2thahoop
    12:34 pm June 22, 2011 Permalink

    Love Cal, but there are a lot of holes in this plan. No way could you leave schools like Butler, Gonzaga and Xavier out of the super-conferences. But what do you do about those type of schools in football. Same for a school like Auburn..great football school, but is that enough for them to deserve to be in a basketball super-conference. It doesnt sound like you could have different schools in the super-conferences for each sport.

  33. Andrew Thompson
    12:49 pm June 22, 2011 Permalink

    If players got paid i fear it would ruin college athletics and sorry cal I’m a huge fan of the cats and all here in eastern ky but doesn’t this all seem a lil extreme?

  34. The Realist
    12:58 pm June 22, 2011 Permalink

    How about a full scholarship, personal tutors, personal chefs, the best dorms, free travel around the world, training from high level coaches and trainers with the best equipment, and exposure that would allow you to sign a large financial contract, that you would not without the exposure. Plus, when your eligibility is used up, your celebrity will ALWAYS open doors for you in the future. Naw, how about your parents work 2 jobs and get a bunch of loans with limited opportunities when you graduate like most everyone else, then you might realize you got an enormous and beyond fair deal.

  35. TheVig
    1:12 pm June 22, 2011 Permalink

    If this happened, we would hear nothing but complaints from Lousiville as they would always wonder what it’s like to be in one of the big four conferences.

  36. BC Jones
    1:12 pm June 22, 2011 Permalink

    … and put Jay B. in charge.

  37. BPM
    1:21 pm June 22, 2011 Permalink

    For those of you who say they don’t agree with or understand the argument that NCAA players deserve to get “paid” more than their scholarships etc., how would you feel if your employer or someone you know were essentially doing nothing and making millions of dollars off your work and/or your name and you were only getting about 5% or less of that in return? While the kids certainly receive the benefit of a college education and exposure etc., there can be no doubt that they are being exploited for monetary gain by the NCAA, the schools, shoe companies, businesses etc. There is nothing “beyond fair” about it.

  38. dan
    1:47 pm June 22, 2011 Permalink

    #37 vaild points. But aren’t the college students you’re speaking of exploiting the colleges at the same time?

    Sure they could go hire someone to keep them in shape and teach them the parts of the college game that they’d be missing but that would cost tens of thousands of dollars not to mention all the free advertising they’re getting.

    And also think about the degree for life program that Kentucky offers for those that represent the University with class. Now I realize most colleges probably don’t have that and never will but all the more reason for a kid to choose UK isn’t it.

  39. nowis
    2:33 pm June 22, 2011 Permalink

    I am excited that someone like Coach Cal is talking about moving away from the NCAA. If you are in an organization that does not fit your needs, and it does not fit the needs of the major schools, it is time to move on.

  40. Versailles Cat
    2:51 pm June 22, 2011 Permalink

    #37 – I would say that’s how all businesses work. I work for an accounting firm that has revenues between 20 and 30 million per year. I personally bill around $250k per year. My salary is $55k – $65k per year. The flaw in your argument is that it’s based on the premise that the employer/school is doing nothing. That is false. My firm pays overhead, brings in clients, pays for all advertising, etc. The schools pay for coaches, teachers, facilities, etc.

    If I could make more money on my own and still enjoy the quality of life I have now, I would do it. The reason I don’t quit my job and go out on my own is the same reason these players don’t quit school and go out on their own – because it’s not really such a bad deal we’re getting. I don’t have to worry about where my next client will come from. They don’t have to worry about where their next meal will come from.

  41. bung
    3:31 pm June 22, 2011 Permalink

    If member schools run the nc2a then it must be some member schools sticking it to us.

  42. lribookend
    7:16 pm June 22, 2011 Permalink

    The devil is in the details, but I love the idea of telling the NCAA where to go. Go Cal! It’s time for a change.

  43. BCO
    10:49 pm June 22, 2011 Permalink

    This is why I love Cal. Agree with most everything he says. Exactly why I was screaming for him to be UK coach before the BCG disaster.

    Excellent idea…all the big schools disband from the NCAA, make TONS more money, and give them the finger on the way out the door.

    Hell yeah Coach.

  44. 96CATS98
    10:43 am June 23, 2011 Permalink

    Of course they will kill Cal over this. They’d kill Cal if he said bunnies were cute and he enjoyed helping old ladies across the street in his spare time.