Fees (health $200, ASG $162, Athletic $45) $407
Room and Board $13,862
Books and Supplies $1878
Cost for Attendance $61,267
As a teacher of over 25 years, they have my annual salary beat! They will come out of the university debt-free and with a diploma (that is, if they really are student/athletes).
They don't seem to get the idea of what non-athletes (let's call them NA's for short) go through to get their degree. An overwhelming number of NA's graduate owing huge sums in student loans. Many work part time jobs to meet the gap financial aid doesn't cover. These athletes need a cold, hard dose of reality. They need to see what NA's go through for their degree. If an NA's quits before earning the coveted piece of paper, it's money they threw down the drain. If a athlete quits, they have been living on house money, nothing lost.
I agree with the catastrophic injury insurance, the schools owe it to kids who are seriously injured while participating in athletics.
OK, Prof, how about we add these clauses to the proposed "contract"?
* If a player leaves their respective university to play professional sports before using up all of their eligibility they must pay back 100% of the cost of their attendance at that university plus 5% of their annual salary at the professional level.
* If a player uses up all of their eligibility, but does not graduate, they must pay 5% of their annual salary at the professional level to their respective university.
* If a player uses up all of their eligibility and graduates, they must pay 2.5% of their annual salary at the professional level to their respective university.
You will note that the only ones on the hook are the ones who go professional. The others will be out beating the pavement looking for real work, let the pampered pro's foot the bill.