The best answer to stop events like the University of Miami scandal and what went on at Ohio State recently, is to beat people who are willing to violate NCAA rules to the punch. By providing and regulating exactly what has been going on, then we may finally see a decline in the violations that occur with amateur student athletes.
Studies show that student athletes that play football or basketball at the college level are worth approximately $100,000 dollars to their school and the average football player has to pay approximately $3,000 for expenses not covered by scholarship, which leaves them below the poverty line. I am not suggesting that six figures is how much should be given to each student, but it shows how much the value of the student athlete has grown and why people go to the extent they do to get top athletes to come to their universities. With scholarships only covering tuition and room and board generally, it is easily seen why players look for benefits from other sources as well. What I am suggesting is a few extra thousand to help with cost of living expenses that do not get covered with free tuition and room and board. Whatever form it comes in it could be regulated and watched and would help cut down on a lot of back door dealings that end up violating NCAA rules.
Next, players should be compensated for the revenue they generate because what has been done in terms of punishment so far is not working. Yanking away accolades has not and will not deter players mainly because everyone will remember who really won the Heisman that year or what school really one that bowl game. When the NCAA punishes schools and thus players, it mainly hurts those who were not even involved in the violation, as well as, the school’s fans. Plus, when players are forced to go to college before they can jump to the professional level and they generate hundreds of thousands of dollars for their schools, why shouldn’t they get a piece when the university is going to profit substantially anyways? Plus, nothing has worked so far in slowing down NCAA violations it seems, so why not try something that attacks the source of the problem?