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.