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Published: Thursday, Aug. 7 2014 11:20 a.m. MDT

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Sandy, UT

There's an old saying, be careful what you wish for.

The P5s will now have the power to pass the legislation they want to, but they'll also be responsible for the consequences.

Paying athletes and increasing health insurance seems like a good idea, but that could open a whole can of worms for minor and women's sports.

If every football player is paid an additional $2000 to cover college expenses, shouldn't every women's lacrosse player also be paid an additional $2000 to cover their college expenses?

The athletic budgets of the majority of P5 teams, including Utah, already operate in the red, so where's the extra money going to come from?

Park City, UT

An extra $2000 to help cover educational expenses is doable; but what if the P5s vote to make that amount unlimited, allowing schools like Texas and Ohio St and Alabama and USC to literally out bid cash-strapped schools, like Utah, for players?

Orem, UT

I like the idea of paying players enough so that they have a little "walking around" money to go to a movie, to go out to dinner, or simply not have to feel like a pauper, but this could easily get out of hand.

It's unreasonable to assume that the NCAA will be able to restrict this only to athletes in revenue-producing sports. There are probably lawyers out their right now preparing to file lawsuits in behalf of men's minor sports and women athletes, and judges who would be more than willing to rule in their favor.

Once this train has left the station its going to be impossible to stop it.

Layton, UT

I don't know. Where did the money come from before?

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

In other words the new Division I-A will consist of 65 teams and everyone else will be second class citizens.

Pleasanton, CA

I think that Whatsnu has a point. Programs will be cut, maybe not football but because of Title IX you can't cut a women's team without having an impact on a men's team.

Schools with deeper pockets will be able to fund more teams but what happens when there are only 5 golf teams in the NCAA? Sports like golf and tennis maybe the first casualties but there are many sports that will be cut that provide great educational opportunities for athletes that have nothing to do with football and basketball. Greed is a sin that hurts those around you and yourself. The P5 conferences need to keep their greed in check.

As a BYU fan I know that the sponsoring institution has more money to put into athletics if push comes to shove then Utah and Utah State's sponsoring institution (the state of Utah). In the long run this could be the end of intercollegiate athletics in all but one school in Utah.

Beware of the unintended consequences of your choices, and don't get greedy.

Las Vegas, NV

I hope it comes from state funds so that byU fans will be paying for our football players' "walking around money"! That would be awesome!!

Go Utes!!

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

This a huge!

Huge in a positive way for the big boys

And a huge blow to the irrelevant mid majors like Provo an Logan

Add this to the espn article about big boy colleges moving towards only playing other big boys and the future of WAC teams likes byu and usu is very much in jeopardy

It's a very good time to be with the big boys and a bad time to be outside!

Byu is getting farther and farther away from relevancy by the day!

I love my PAC 12 membership.

Bye bye mid majors!

Layton, UT


Luxury tax.

Layton, UT

"Once this train has left the station its going to be impossible to stop it."

And it looks like byu missed it.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

This is a death sentence for any mid major that has dreams of ever being a big boy!

The mid majors do not like this. But guess what?

We do not care!

I couldn't care less that this hurts byu and usu. in fact, this is a win win.

This makes power concerns football a step forward and a huge step back for mid majors.

And we love it! Goodbye byu and Wyoming and usu.

Park City, UT


"I hope it comes from state funds..."

Don't count on it.

The state has far more pressing needs than providing "walking around money" to a bunch of spoiled football players.

If Utah can't afford to fund this out of athletic funds, their athletes will just have to become those left on the outside looking in, while schools that have learned to live within their budget, are able to afford "keeping up with the Joneses".

Glendora, CA

Let's be forthright about what's happening (and been happening) in the NCAA a for a long time now. Big cash rules. Now, the power brokers that be, have circumvented fairness in the overall bowl championship again.
I believe that, in essence, college sports is already a pseudo professional entity that could go the way of what the Olympic athletes have gone, blatantly giving up the facade of amateurism and becoming officially professionals. Admit it people.

Layton, UT


Don't worry, as a have-not, byu will still have women's golf and lacrosse.

scenic view
Baltimore, MD

ekute / christy

Actually, the true loser here is Utah, whose athletic budget is already in the red and will be hard-pressed to convince the state of Utah to increase funding so that it can be spent on something so frivolous as Utah trying to keep up with the big boys of college football.

Marysville, WA

"What starts as a movement eventually becomes a business, and ends up a racket." Sounds like the NCAA to me.

I'm a big college football fan, and of college sports in general, and I don't see any way this is beneficial for broader collegiate athletics.

If what you want your school's football program to be is a de-facto farm team for the NFL, then great. If all you care about is seeing "your team" on TV on Saturdays, wonderful. But that's not supposedly the charter of higher education. Make the NFL and the NBA establish a farm team system like Major League Baseball has, and give the "student-athletes" that are only in school for the chance of playing for money later have a way to get there without having to be warehoused at college while they hone their craft.

Seriously--somebody explain to me how continuing to increase the disparity of money in collegiate sports is a net benefit?

Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

This is the worst possible news for fans of College football. Teams like the University of Utah cannot afford the increased costs that this will bring. The U may end up dropping the minor men sports and just enough women's sports to be compliant with Title IX.

The U was not operating in the black for the last several years. With the increased costs of fielding football they will struggle even more against the big boys.

John S. Harvey
Sandy, UT

If this governance structure gets coupled with the P5 teams scheduling only other P5 teams then it will be interesting to see how long the Utah fans stay thrilled with being a "big boy" when their team racks up 2 or 3 win seasons decade after decade. Will being a P5 body bag really be that big of a thrill year after year after year after year . . . . .?

John Charity Spring
Back Home in Davis County, UT

The NCAA has just turned over the duty to the fox the duty of guarding the henhouse. There will be no rules, and chaos will reign.

No system can last under this type of chaos. As Abraham Lincoln famously stated "Whenever the vicious portion of the population shall be permitted to gather in bands of hundreds and thousands, and burn churches, ravage and rob provision stores, throw printing presses into rivers, shoot editors, and hang and burn obnoxious persons at pleasure, and with impunity; depend on it, this government cannot last."

Anaheim, CA


What this is is the death knell to Utah's hopes of ever being able to crawl out of the PAC 12 basement.

The Utes will never be able to win a bidding war with the big boys of the P5 conferences.

Big money schools like USC, UCLA, Stanford and Oregon have cemented their status as the top dogs of the conference, leaving schools like Utah, Colorado and Washington State to fight for scraps at the bottom of the conference.

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