Syracuse men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim has taken a strong stance against the idea that collegiate athletes should be paid. At a New York State Associated Press symposium on Wednesday, Boeheim addressed what has become the most hotly-debated subject in collegiate athletics over the past few years. In short, the 68-year-old feels that his players and others receive plenty of compensation.
“That’s really the most idiotic suggestion of all time,” Boeheim said, via The Post-Standard. “I think you have to understand something. It’s really very clear. This is really clear. … Our players get a $50,000 education. Some of them use Syracuse to develop their game, get the publicity they need, become a first-round pick and make money from basketball. Some of them like me get the scholarship, get the grades, get their education, get the chance to play basketball and then get to start life without any debt.”
Most people who feel that the NCAA should not pay its athletes agree with Boeheim’s assertion that a free education is payment enough. Those people certainly have a point. Students spend years paying off their debt when they graduate college, which is something athletes on a full scholarship never have to worry about. Boeheim also pointed out that the money generated by the basketball and football programs does not turn into profit.