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Tom Jones: "Major Conference Changes Leave USF Bulls With Uncertainty"

 
Tom Jones:
Posted August 13th, 2014 @ 10:31am

In Tom Jones' column this morning in the Tampa Bay Times, The Sports Page co-host brings to light some of the issues that may face schools such as USF in the future:

"USF athletic director Mark Harlan says he's a glass-half-full kind of guy. He might want to fill the other half of that glass with something stiffer than club soda. Last week, the NCAA board of directors voted to approve a bunch of changes that allow schools from the biggest and richest five football conferences — the SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 — to have more autonomy, especially when it comes to scholarships. If things go as expected, it will soon become the law of the land. And bad news for schools such as USF. In a nutshell: The Big Five (plus Notre Dame) will take over college sports and do things the way they want to do them. That means guaranteeing scholarships for four years, giving players stipends to cover costs beyond the usual tuition, books, room and board. It might include better health benefits and paying for parents to attend games. And you don't have to squint to see that this is a major step in eventually paying players."

To read the entire article from Tom Jones in the Tampa Bay Times, click HERE.

Listen to Jones and Rick Stroud discuss not only Jones' column, but how this could lead to paying players.  

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