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Maryland's Gary Williams: Student-Athletes Should Be Paid

By November 10, 2010

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Maryland Terrapins coach Gary Williams thinks student-athletes in the so-called "revenue" sports -- basketball and football, primarily -- should get cash stipends as part of their scholarships. And according to the Terps' coach, he's not alone in that view.

Williams told a Baltimore radio station:

There's plenty of money off the men's basketball tournament that you can pay men's basketball players, football players, whatever, the revenue-producing sports, and still have enough money to run your other sports, and I think that's why a lot of people (believe) they should be paid.

The coach believes offering a small stipend -- he suggested $200 a month -- would prevent some of the improper benefit scandals that have hit college hoops and football in recent years without hurting the budgets of lower-profile sports.

Students receiving financial aid or other types of scholarships are allowed to receive such stipends, but under NCAA regulations, student-athletes cannot. Additionally, strict rules intended to prevent pay-offs prevent student-athletes from earning pocket money as other students might -- via part-time jobs, etc.

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November 10, 2010 at 4:04 pm
(1) Susan says:

I really have divided feelings about this issue. On one hand, why should students on athletic scholarships be treated differently than students on other types of scholarships? On the other hand, does anyone really believe that a paltry payment of $200 a month is going to take away the temptation to take illegal payments? I concluded because so much rides on the performance of collegiate athletes (unlike the performance of other students) it is best to maintain the strictest of standards for our athletes.

November 10, 2010 at 10:04 pm
(2) Jenn says:

I do not believe a stipend of $200 a month will change a single thing.

I would like to see athletes treated the same was as non-athletes, but I do not believe a tiny stipend will make a difference in the long run. Make things fair first.

November 10, 2010 at 11:41 pm
(3) Debbie says:

I attended college on an academic scholarship, and was given spending money each semester from that scholarship. I don’t see why athletic scholarships should work any differently.

November 11, 2010 at 6:56 am
(4) Keith says:

Absolutely – student athletes should be given monthly stipends. They’re expected to represent the university wherever they go. They’re ambassadors for their schools. Granted, they are receiving free educations but as the poster above noted, students on academic scholarships get free educations but they still get stipends. Plus, the money that coaches and athletic directors make off the athletes is almost obscene. Why shouldn’t the athletes get some compensation for their efforts on the school’s behalf?

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