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Inspired by the NCAA basketball tournament, Gary and I decided to drop a show on the subject. One of the more controversial topics today is, should athletes be paid? The SEC has the Cost of Attendance (COA) stipend for each of the 14 SEC schools. However, that number is based on the amount or difference between what it actually costs to attend a school and the scholarship amount awarded, which is lower. Therefore, different schools have different amounts they pay the students.
This is the beginning of universities and colleges paying their athletes and we both agree this is a slippery slope that could lead to, not only an imbalanced pay system benefiting the Big 5 conferences, but hurt other sports at those institutions because they will be forced to pay even the most secondary sports. This could cause the schools to drop programs to club levels where they would not have to pay athletes.
We also get into the lack of education the athletes receive, and how the education fails elite players. Also, we discuss how the NCAA doles out punishment, is based on the ability of the school to bring in money. Smaller schools get the bulk of the punishment, while the University of North Carolina, and the University of Louisville, get off light, even though they have major scandals they are dealing with.
Neither of us have answers to this question and agree a solution is almost impossible. We think there are things that could be done to help the athletes in the grinder they find themselves in, without necessarily making it a job. Who makes those decisions will certainly benefit on the back end.
Athletes Getting Paid
East Coast, West Coast bias
University of North Carolina Academic Scandal
University of Louisville Prostitute in the Dorms Scandal