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It’s tough making ends meet.

The next time somebody asks you how schools can afford to pay college athletes, show them this:

The point isn’t that college coaches are overpaid.  It’s that your typical AD is lazy, stupid or both and has to spend all that money on something.

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The NCAA, doing what it does best

Boy, it sure sounds like Mark Emmert’s rallying his troops to head off that existential threat at the pass.  Or, not.

A “set of principles” regarding the name, image and likeness rights for college athletes will be presented Tuesday by a working group to the NCAA Board of Governors. Details of those principles were not shared by Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, a member of that high-profile working group, who spoke to CBS Sports.

“We are coalescing on a set of principles that adhere as close to the collegiate model as possible,” Bowlsby said. “We’ll be posing some questions to the Board of Governors about how they want us to proceed from here.”

Bowlsby stressed that the working group’s actions are preliminary in the process. Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith, the working group’s co-chair, cautioned that Tuesday’s release “won’t be much.”

“It’s not going to be a short process,” Bowlsby said. “There aren’t going to be any answers on [Tuesday]. We actually, I think, came to a comfortable place for most of the people in the room.”

Yeah, they’re in a real rush.

Dodd says the earliest the NCAA could have legislation ready for passage would be January 2021.  Now, there’s a coincidence.

Rep. Mark Walker, a Republican from North Carolina, held a roundtable discussion in Washington, D.C., two weeks ago to rally support for his legislation. Walker said he is hopeful that he can get Congress to vote on the bill by next spring and potentially implement a national law by January 2021.

“We feel like they’ve given us no choice,” Walker said. “We have to drag them to the table because they have promised year after year to address such an egregious situation, but they’ve refused to do that.”

It feels like the train is leaving the station and the NCAA is still trying to figure out which bags it wants to pack for the journey in hopes it can convince the stationmaster to change the schedule.  Sounds like a plan.

By the way, on a related front, somebody’s at work getting certain marketing ducks in a row.

A college players’ rights group has entered into a partnership with the NFL Players Association to explore how to maximize name, image and likeness rights.

The NFLPA and National College Players Association (NCPA) announced jointly on Monday that the partnership that will “explore opportunities for” college athletes in merchandise, gaming, licensed products and “how recent developments impact television broadcast revenues in pursuit of fairness.”

The collaboration will offer “group licensing representation that is available to every college athlete whose state passes a law to allow it,” according to a press release.

As the saying goes, it’s all in the game.

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The Mount Rushmore of coaching salaries

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I wonder how many of these guys will still be at the same job five years from now.

By the way, out of 130 coaches, the lowest ranked SEC coach is still in the top 50 nationally.  Now, we just need a ranking of coaches’ agents.

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UPDATE:  More fun details here.

► The average total pay for the 122 FBS coaches for whom USA TODAY Sports could obtain compensation figures is $2.67 million, up 9% compared to last season. The increase is the largest in four years.

► For the first time, there is a league in which all of the coaches are making at least $3 million. It’s the 14-school Southeastern Conference, in which the average total pay is $4.95 million.

► Thirty-three coaches would be owed eight-figure buyouts if they were fired without cause on Dec. 1, with 13 of those buyouts exceeding $20 million. (Some buyout clauses contain offset and mitigation language that could decrease the amount paid to the coach if he secures another job.)

Your typical college AD would get fleeced at a neighborhood poker game.

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“We are making more money than ever, but we are spending more money than ever.”

Tim Tebow tries nuance.

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.

Here’s what that “support” means in real life:

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.

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Today, in irony is dead

Aw, shucks.

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TFW you’ve got your broadcast partner’s back

Passage of California’s Fair Pay to Play Act was arguably the biggest story of the week affecting college athletics, but you wouldn’t know that listening to the pregame shows on ESPN and Fox ($$).

Judging from social media and even national news programs, which devoted air to the development, the biggest story in college sports last week was California Gov. Gavin Newsom signing into law the “Fair Pay To Play Act.” SB 206, as it’s known on the books, is set to take effect in 2023 and would allow college athletes in the Golden State to strike endorsement deals and hire agents.

This may turn out to be the most revolutionary game-changing legislation in intercollegiate athletics since Title IX was passed, at the federal level, in 1972. And, with college football being far and away the greatest revenue-producing sport under the NCAA umbrella, you’d think quarterbacks and a few other teammates might stand to gain the most.

And given that ESPN devotes three hours and Fox one hour each Saturday morning to pregame football shows, you’d think — nope. Didn’t happen. Not on ESPN’s College GameDay nor Fox’s Big Noon Kickoff show. Not a moment of either program was spent on SB 206.

Which isn’t to say you wouldn’t have seen stars cashing in on endorsements…

This past Saturday morning, Herbie, Lee Corso, Rece Davis, Desmond Howard and Maria Taylor appeared in a commercial for Home Depot; Herbie, in addition, for Wheels Up; and Rece for Hampton by Hilton. You know what that looks like to us? It looks a lot like college football TV personalities striking endorsement deals and capitalizing on their image.

To be fair, Fox’s Rob Stone and Matt Leinart appeared in an ad for Wendy’s, their program’s sponsor, on Saturday.

Don’t want to bite the hand that feeds you, amirite?

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Fun with $$

On the lighter side of the player compensation debate…

I’m gonna have to go with Jameis Winston hawking Captain D’s.  And that’s only because I can barely imagine what Willie Williams could have done with dining endorsements.

Have at it in the comments.

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