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NCAA President Mark Emmert Comments On Realignment, Athlete Stipend
Published November 3, 2011
SPENDING MONEY: Emmert also discussed the new $2,000 stipend for student-athletes that was recently approved by the NCAA. When asked if he was worried about the measure creating a divide between “the have’s and the have-nots,” Emmert said, "I’m really not, and the reason is that the divide already is so much greater than most people realize. ... So you add another $2,000 in that mix and it really doesn’t create a competitive advantage or disadvantage at all. The student that is trying to decide where he -- let’s say it’s a football player -- where he’s going to play football, they’re not going to make that choice between going to a school that is going to let him start as a quarterback versus someone who is not, over a $2,000 stipend. ... I just don’t see it playing into that decision process at all” (“The Tim Brando Show,” CBS Sports Network, 11/2).
TRICKLE-DOWN EFFECT: The current wave of realignment was discussed on ESPN's "Outside The Lines" yesterday, including the Big East trying to force West Virginia, Pittsburgh and Syracuse to stay in the conference until the '14-15 season. ESPN's Andy Katz said the “thing that’s lost here is that the Big East is now going to turn around and basically poach” Conference USA and the Mountain West Conference schools "for their survival.” The moves trickle "all the way down to lower levels that these schools and conferences will do to one another.” ESPN’s Dan Hawkins, who was the football coach at Boise State from '01-05, said Boise “could use the revenue” by joining the Big East “if it was right." Hawkins: "The payout that they have to pay to the Mountain West could be tremendous if they don’t get that guarantee in the Big East. The money has to be right, not just for football but for the entire athletic department” (“Outside The Lines,” ESPN, 11/2).