58 Percent Of College Coaches Believe Players Should Be Paid
In a poll of nearly 100 coaches, 58% believe college basketball players should be paid while 42% disagreed.
"Absolutely not," said one coach. "They get free college, crazy amounts of free gear and glorified enough as it is. This isn't pro sports, but if they get paid -- even a small amount -- it gives the players even more power than they already have. We would start to see more Dwight Howard situations at colleges."
Another coach had a detailed solution.
"The Olympic model is what we should move to because that lets companies handle paying the players that most believe should be paid and keeps the schools out of it. Shabazz Muhammad could get an Adidas deal, Peyton Siva could do commercials for Papa John's, Trey Burke could be on Ford billboards in Detroit, etc. Basically, the programs with the biggest boosters connected to the biggest companies would have a way to compensate their players. And I know people would argue that would give those schools a recruiting advantage because players who go to North Carolina would be more likely to get a Nike deal than players who go to Clemson. But North Carolina and Michigan and Louisville and schools like that already have recruiting advantages anyway. This wouldn't change the order of things at all, and the best players would get something more than just a scholarship. And here's the best part: It would actually take recruiting and pull it above board. Everybody would know from the outset what they're up against."