Just last week, after Maryland was lured away from its historic association with the Atlantic Coast Conference by the promise of more riches in the Big Ten, another coach floated the idea of giving the players a cut.
As it stands now, the NCAA won’t even allow schools to provide a little financial assistance to help your family travel to a bowl game, the bowl game you made possible.
‘‘It would be great to be able to take care of their families or guardian, to be able to help them fly to a bowl game,’’ Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald said. ‘‘And take some of the money and allow them to get more money from bowl gifts and things of that nature that they've earned.’’
A nice gesture, but that’s only the tip of this dollar-shaped iceberg.
The NCAA, which senses that you might be getting a little upset with the current arrangement, is considering whether to allow $2,000 stipends for athletes.
Don’t be fooled. They’re just trying to buy you off.
‘‘It’s notable that while coaches have access to representatives who negotiate those multiyear contracts, the athletes are expressly denied that same kind of representation,’’ Staurowsky said. ‘‘It speaks to just how big of a conflict there is.’’
So, let’s try this.
Hit up Twitter. And Facebook. And any of those other Web sites you kids hang out on.
Start talking about this issue.
Who knows? If social media can help overturn entire governments, maybe it can bring about real change in college athletics.
We've even got a hash tag for your cause: ‘‘treatusfair.’’
If they won't, tell them you’re walking.
Paul Newberry is a national writer for The Associated Press. Write to him at pnewberry(at)ap.org or www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963