One hundred twenty members of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics convened at the Division 1A’s athletic directors’ meeting this week and issued a statement recently acknowledging that they are committed to working together to help with reforms to the NCAA governance process.
However, pay-for-play will not be a reform that’s supported. It’s not a startling revelation, but one that reinforces that while the pay-for-play movement may be growing, there’s still a long way for it to go to gain significant traction.Continue reading
(Editor’s Note. This piece is similar in tone to an article by Dr. Vetter that was recently published by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Critics of the NCAA are making the point with increasingly urgency that the organization is seemingly not accountable to its own membership and frequently ignores basic legal principles as it conducts its investigations).
Now that all of the sporting public has found out the result of the latest Game of the Century and Alabama has been crowned as national champion for big-boy college football for 2011 everyone can relax for a short time and get ready for recruiting day and then spring practice. Nick Saban and Les Miles, the coaches of last night’s combatants, can think about the prospect of perhaps renegotiating their contracts. Saban made some $4.93 million this season and Miles made “only” about $3.85 million. Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart may well receive a raise over the $750,000 he earned (before bonuses) this past season.
It seems that everywhere a person looks these days for sports news the issue of whether or not NCAA Division I football and men’s basketball players should be paid for their services is constantly in the news. The calls to pay these players increase every time there is news of another scandal involving high profile NCAA programs.
Every day sports headlines across the country proclaim the latest news on the new sport of NCAA Division I Football Bowl Championship conference realignment. On October 26 news outlets reported that an unknown source with inside knowledge of Big East Conference scuttlebutt “confirmed” that West Virginia plans to announce a move from the Big East to the Big 12 later in the week. The only holdup is of course that until Missouri announces whether or not it is leaving the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference (SEC) the Big 12 has no room at its table for West Virginia.
While college football fans wait for Boise State, Air Force, Navy, Central Florida and a bunch of other schools to accept an invitation from The Big East to join that college/university sports conference which needs to add schools or go into Bowl Championship Series oblivion something else may be happening at big time college sports schools. The players in all collegiate sports may get paid.
There is a recent blog post on http://ncaa.org by Dave Pickle, a long-time NCAA staff member. The article offers an argument against paying NCAA student-athletes anything above the cost of an athletic scholarship as currently defined by the NCAA.
News media outlets have been full of stories over the past few months about problems with the NCAA Enforcement Staff and its handling of high profile cases brought before it. Whether it is the case involving Cam Newton and allegations of a “pay for play” scheme run by his father; Jim Tressel covering up for violations involving Ohio State football players, college football players’ run-ins with sports agents, or Connecticut’s men’s basketball program infractions, people have criticized both the process and the results.
Thomas Palaima has an interesting article in this week’s Chronicle of Higher Education dealing with the NCAA regulation—or lack of such—of its member institutions in the way in which they prepare student-athletes for life after college.