Posted: Sunday January 6, 2013 1:32 PM

More for college athletes: not if, but how

Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font

MIAMI (AP) - Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly supports an NCAA proposal to give college athletes a $2,000 stipend to cover the cost of expenses not currently taken into account by a scholarship.

And he says he believes it's just a matter of time before stipends are implemented.

The top-ranked Fighting Irish play No. 2 Alabama on Monday for the national championship. Notre Dame will make $6.2 million for playing in BCS title game, to go along with the $15 million a year the school is paid by NBC to televise its home football games.

The current Bowl Championship Series system pumps about $180 million a year into the schools in the school that play major college football. The new playoff system that starts in 2014, will up that figure to about $470 million.

The question is no longer whether to cut athletes a check, it is how best to do that, and NCAA President Mark Emmert is pushing its members to figure it out.

 
SI.com
Hot Topics: NBA Playoffs NHL Playoffs Chris Johnson Jameis Winston NFL Draft Michael Sam Aldon Smith
TM & © 2014 Time Inc. A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you. Read our privacy guidelines, your California privacy rights, and ad choices.
SI CoverRead All ArticlesBuy Cover Reprint