What They’re Saying: Compensation for student athletes

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OSU coach Mike Gundy during Big 12 Media Days on Monday, July 15, 2019 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

What They’re Saying: Compensation for student athletes

“I will say it scares me a little bit because I don’t want to lose the amateurism of college football. I’m not trying to take money away from these kids, that’s not what my goal is. But I don’t want college football to turn into the NBA.” – Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy

“I’m all for it. We’ve got a little bit of an issue, and part of it is our fault as coaches, our salaries have gotten so out of whack that it’s kind of ridiculous that student-athletes technically don’t get anything from a compensation standpoint. The truth is, though, there are very few athletes who actually have value from a monetary standpoint.” - OSU basketball coach Mike Boynton

“Give them more money, I don’t care. But this can’t be some deal where everybody is searching for the highest bidder all the time. They need to be searching for how they develop their skills, how they can be better in the weight room, how they can run better, how they can be better students, how they can better people, how they can be better teammates, how they can be better players.” - Washington State football coach Mike Leach

“Allowing name, image and likeness rights to athletes is an incremental step forward, but it’s only a step forward, it’s not the entire thing. I think everyone would feel differently about it if we were to say, “hey coaches must coach for their expenses only, but can have their name, image and likeness rights.” I think most fair-minded people would consider that unreasonable and unfair. I would say it’s the same for an athlete.” - ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas

“Allowing some student-athletes to benefit from their athleticism beyond the athletic scholarship and everything that entails right now will open up a pandora’s box of unintended consequences.” - ESPN college basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla

“The first thing we have to do to have a reasonable conversation is: stop with the nonsense of, ‘they don’t get anything.’ The ability to go to college, to be a student, to be around students, to perform four years, to build a brand for yourself for after you’re done, all while finishing up college wherever you want for free, is invaluable. ” - FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb

“Not everyone comes from the best background, and they’re here to help their families out and stuff like that, so it’s a great opportunity for that, and I think it’s the right thing. Obviously, there has to be rules and regulations. You don’t want it to be something that negatively impacts the athlete or the program, so I think it’s a good thing.” - OSU running back Chubba Hubbard

“Me, being an athlete, of course, I would love for that to happen, for us to get paid, for sure. But it’s just differing opinions out there, for sure. Me, being an athlete, that sounds pretty good for me. - OSU wide receiver Tylan Wallace