K-State President Kirk Schulz helped craft change coming to college sports
|By Blair Kerkhoff, The Kansas City Star|
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After that, the guess that many college athletes don't have a sense of what all is in store, beginning as early as the next school year, was confirmed by a couple of brief interviews after
"I've heard a little about it, but not so much," said offensive lineman
Others said a team meeting will soon take place to review the reform that their president,
A new governance structure that will allow 65 schools in the five conferences funded by multibillion football television contracts to spend as they see fit, beyond the veto power of smaller budget Division I programs, is the basis for everything that's about to happen.
On the table will be full cost of attendance, essentially a few hundred bucks a month more to cover student-athlete expenses beyond the scholarship, insurance policies to protect future earnings, travel allowance for families for bowl games or
Schulz is a member of the steering committee that crafted the 57-page plan that was endorsed by the Division I Board of Directors last week and he's already dealing with concerns. Commissioners
There will be other conflicts because even the schools that feed from the billion-dollar TV deals aren't created equal.
Also on the table could be more wiggle room on transfer rules, and this one hits home to Schulz.
"If we look at more permissive legislation within the big five (conferences), I suspect coaching change would be a key part of it," said Schulz, who wants athlete feedback on many issues, especially this one.
Schulz was a vice president at
When Big 12 commissioner
The result was the plan that was endorsed by the Division I Board of Directors a week ago. A two-month feedback period is about to begin. Final approval is expected in August, with the idea of implementing changes immediately.
These are profound changes that in addition to the practical matter of providing more to those who generate income is a reaction to the notion that coaches and officials prosper from the sweat of athletes.
The coach with the multimillion contract and the athletic director who cashes a bonus check when an athlete from its school wins a national title damages the public perception of college sports. Class-action lawsuits against the
The outcomes of the lawsuits and union push will indicate whether the reform is enough. For now, major-ollege sports stands on the threshold of great change, one that Schulz helped author.
"We've know there are a lot of changes that were needed in Division I athletics," Schulz said. "But there's a lot of good about it, too, and I want to see us keep the ball rolling."
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