Big Ten head paints dire picture of paying players

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  • Hamath Omaha, NE
    June 21, 2014 5:38 a.m.

    Delany's right. Ed O'Bannon's right too. This is the end of college football and all college sports as we know it. People need to wake up and start asking tough questions and try to save what they can.

    As soon as schools are told you have to pay college players... boom, everything will go bonkers. Every non-earning sport will instantly disappear. Because of Title IX every college will have football and one women's sport. If they are lucky, they'll have men's basketball and one other women's sport. The rest of college sports are simply dead.

    If you are a 15 year old female future college athlete, your chances at a scholarship are now next to nil. Your chances of even playing on a team are dropping dramatically.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    June 20, 2014 9:26 p.m.

    Guess the P-5's are getting a taste of their own form of greed. Unfortunately I agree with Delany, but I hope the P-5's will look in the mirror and how their greed is ruining college football.

  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    June 20, 2014 8:32 p.m.

    Very un-P5 of Mr. Delany.

    That said,schools wouldn't have to pay athletes to provide them supplemental income. All they'd need to do is allow them to profit from use of their own name/likeness--e.g., sell autographs to boosters, make personal appearances.

    The whole charade of athletes as amateurs has disappeared in the Olympics, I'm not sure why the NCAA tries to perpetuate it. Letting boosters and not the college foot the bill also helps schools steer clear of Title IX. Schools can't pay football players without paying all athletes, boosters could pay anyone they choose.

    The student athlete would get a quick lesson on how much of their worth as an athlete is tied to the school and how much is their own. There's no rule against using your name/likeness after you get out of school, but I'm not aware of too many ex-college athletes who can make any money selling their pictures/autographs.