Should students athletes get paid?

One of the biggest topics discussed at college media days across the country and at the PAC 12 Media Day held here in Los Angeles on Friday is about college football players receiving a cost of livings stipend from their respective schools. Go "Inside" to see what Colorado Coach Mike MacIntyre had to say about the topic. Also discussed what PAC 12's issues with Direct TV.

One of the biggest topics discussed at college media days across the country and at the PAC 12 Media Day held here in Los Angeles on Friday is about college football players receiving a cost of livings stipend from their respective schools.

This proposal will be going before the NCAA in the near future, several of the PAC 12 Coaches made different comments about the possibility of schools giving their athletes some financial help.

BuffPlayBook.com got the chance to sit down with Coach Mike MacIntyre at Sony Studios on Friday to get his thoughts on the subject.

According to Coach MacIntyre, one of the main areas where improvements can be made on the current scholarship program is to make sure that all athletes on your team receive three meals a day.

Currently Buff Athletes living off campus receive a monthly stipend from their scholarship ranging between $1,000.00-to $1,200.00 a month depending on how many days in the month etc. Out of this monthly stipend the athlete has to pay for rent, utilities and all of their meals except for one that the school can feed them.

"It's important for all of our athletes to get three solid meals a day," MacIntyre said. "Now the guys that live off campus get one meal from the school and have to pay out of their pockets for the other two. It would benefit our program and benefit college athletics that they get three consistent meals from the school, so we know that they are getting the nutrition they need, this would be a major step in the right direction and a major improvement."

According to MacIntyre, student athletes that live on campus receive three meals from the food facilities at the athletic department and doesn't receive an off campus stipend.

"I can see where a lot of coaches across the country are concerned about our student athletes receiving some help financially," MacIntyre said. "A lot of them don't have any spending money. The demands of being a student athlete doesn't allow them time to get a part-time job."

Another concern that was mentioned at the Pac 12 Media Day is that a lot of student athletes parents doesn't have the means to travel to see their sons or daughters depending on what sport they play. One scenario would be to pay for the travel of parents of the students athletes to and from ballgames, especially home ballgames.

"There are definitely some families that don't have the money to come see their kids play," MacIntyre said. "There are a lot of things being discussed. It's not like we are saying to pay the student athletes for playing, but there are definitely ways we could improve our student athletes living situations."

MacIntyre was asked about a comment that former Colorado Athletic Director made that the Buff Athletic Department couldn't afford to pay their student athletes any extra stipends or aid.

"That's definitely not the case," MacIntyre said. "Whether or not something like this comes about, Colorado is financially able to do whatever is decided by the NCAA. Anything that we can do to improve the lives of our students athletes is something we should definitely consider."

Another hot topic at the Media Days in LA this past week was the fact that the new PAC 12 Network and Direct TV couldn't come to an agreement allowing their customers the opportunity to see PAC 12 football games.

How many times do you go to Wal-Mart or Sam's and you are bothered by someone one asking you if you are a Direct TV Customer and if you would love to sign up for their services.

I know that when I'm shopping for groceries, the last thing I want to be bothered with is with someone trying to sell me something else.

Well Pac 12 fans it's time to send a Direct message.

Pac 12 Commissioner Larry Scott announced this past Friday that despite long talks with Direct TV officials, it's apparent that the satellite company will not carry the Pac 12 network again.

Scott went as far as suggesting that it's time for Pac 12 fans to do business with other providers in the market that do carry the network.


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