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Continued: Calls for NCAA overhaul are growing

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 3, 2014 - 7:08 AM

“I’m not particularly comfortable with the individuals who are seemingly making these decisions in the NCAA,” Zimbalist said. “I don’t think they have represented what’s in the best interest in college sports for some time, and I don’t think they’re the brightest individuals, so it’s hard to say.”

Even within the pool of 65 power conference schools, there are big differences in athletic department revenues. According to USA Today, Ohio State had $142 million in athletic revenue in 2012, compared with $83.6 million at Minnesota. Paying those “full cost of attendance” stipends would hit each budget differently.

“At places where it’s getting to be a pinch point, you could see [programs] getting eliminated to help fund the revenue-generating sports,” Conzemius said. “That’s where it’d be a bummer. Now you’ve changed forever the makeup of your college team portfolio.”

Teague said he’s paying close attention to how these changes could affect Minnesota’s budget.

“We’re always trying to spend our dollars wisely and give our student athletes the best experience that we can,” he said. “So I have faith that in the end, we’ll be able to do that.”

 

Staff writer Amelia Rayno contributed to this report.

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