|By Mark Wiedmer, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Tenn.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The road team winning three of the first four games can do that to a person. Especially when one of those unexpected winners in the opening game of the best-of-seven formats are your No. 8 East seed
(Was it just me or could the
Anyway, good as these early games have been, new
To which we shout, "Hooray!"
And to help back in the
"If we're going to be successful in raising the age from 19 to 20, part and parcel in those negotiations goes to the treatment of players on those college campuses and closing the gap between what their scholarships cover and their expenses," Silver noted late last week.
"We haven't looked specifically at creating a financial incentive for them to stay in college. That's been an option that has been raised over the years but that's not something that is on the table right now."
But as Emmert himself has noted on occasion, the devil is in the details. How can an
And what of Title IX? How do you successfully navigate those waters without running afoul of the law?
Here's one solution wrapped up in many parts. First, it's time for the
So while the star quarterback or point guard shouldn't necessarily drive a Porsche, drip with more bling than Nelly and arrive at the stadium in a stretch limo for home games, there should be a system in place by which both the
The initial reason is merely to insure them against injury. For instance, on the first day you arrive on campus, an independent board assigns you a worth. For most players, this would be a blanket rate. At mid-season, a player could appeal for a re-assessment. So let's say a
At the end of each season the player can also apply for a loan through an independent lending institution that's been cleared by the
As for the stipends of
Beyond that, when it comes to college basketball players, they need a realistic evaluation period -- including an open camp in front of
And as for medical insurance, use yearly evaluations to buy
Will any of this happen? If Emmert and the rest of the
"There are things that need to be fixed," he said at the Final Four.
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