Auburn athletic director Allen Greene is concerned about amateurism.
At the SEC Spring Meetings in Destin on Wednesday, Greene was asked about his opinions on the topic, and said he believed the discussion surrounding athlete compensation for likeness was “overly-simplified.”
“I think it’s complicated, I think it’s really complicated,” Greene said, before later going into his more firm opinions. “Amateurism is the lynchpin of intercollegiate athletics, and so we just want to make sure that, whatever we do, that we make sure that we keep amateur athletics amateur.”
Hmmm… what does that mean, Mr. Greene?
Auburn had a total revenue of $147.6 million last year, according to its financial report. It spent slightly less than $17 million on aid to student-athletes, and slightly more than $1.45 million on student-athletes meals. Coaches salaries totaled $26.2 million and support staff was paid $26.7 million.
That doesn’t sound that complicated.
“I think as discussions continue to unfold and we learn a little bit more of the dynamics that are involved,” Greene said, “hopefully we make the smart decisions that are in the best interest of the student-athletes and for intercollegiate athletics.”
The smart decision in the best interests of the student-athletes is not to pay them, amirite? Saying “no comment” would probably be even smarter.