A lot of people are going to see certain things that are wrong. I think it’s important to try and come together and find a way that’s right for the student-athlete, for the game and for the universities. Let’s take the University of Florida, for example. There’s only two of their 21 sports that sustain themselves: Football and basketball. And basketball doesn’t make enough money to support other sports. Football has to support 19 others, for men and women. You have to take all that into account and understand that all of it is part of this bigger issue.
If you are lucky enough to be the head golf coach at Texas A&M, you are down to make $209,100, which is dog food compared to the head men’s golf coach at the University of Texas, who makes $275K.
The head women’s basketball coach at UTEP makes $246,000, or $700 less than the defensive coordinator for a Miners football program that is currently 1-4.
And if you are the the head women’s bowling coach at Sam Houston State university you pull in $73,584.
These are a few examples taken from state schools in Texas, but they reflect the entire country.
If you want to look at least one reason why the NCAA and its member schools are in an alligator-fight against student-athletes being paid, look no further than the ledgers and just how much money is spent to pay coaches, and staffers.
“The other side of student-athlete benefits has always been coach and staff compensation,” Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said.
Schools are asking college athletes from revenue producing programs, most of whom come from impoverished backgrounds, to subsidize the salaries of athletic staffers in non-revenue producing programs. Why should that be their responsibility?
Well, let Mr. Bowlsby, in a remarkable fit of honesty, explain.
“Whatever resource the athletic department has they typically spend it; they operate hand to mouth,” Bowlbsy said. “The difference between the college athletics model and the pro athletics model is they manage to a profit. We manage to a zero outcome, or something marginally above zero.
“If there is $300,000 left, they are going to find something to do with it.”
Just as long as it doesn’t involve player compensation, anyway.