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January 15, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Morning links: Paying college athletes a ‘less threatening’ idea than it used to be

First, an important read from Dennis Dodd of CBSsports.com as the annual NCAA Convention kicks off today in San Diego. In short, Dodd says “paying” college athletes will happen.

A portion of his story:

“We want to self-regulate so Congress doesn’t have to, so a newspaper [media] doesn’t have to,” NCAA president Mark Emmert said this week.

In the end, it will be a battle for the NCAA’s relevance. Without a new model that includes player compensation, the Big 5 conferences — SEC, ACC, Pac-12, Big 12, Big Ten — have suggested they could break away and form their own organization. There would be little use for having an NCAA without those 65 schools.

Leveraging their power, the Big 5 have told the NCAA that change must come or else. They are tired of being more observers to the process than direct participants.

It will start with paying athletes. Nine-figure athletic budgets built with the sweat of uncompensated amateur athletes are now viewed as a grand injustice. It’s just the tenor of the times. In the big picture, the amount won’t be much. The richer schools will be able to afford more (perhaps upwards of $5,000 per player) than less-affluent institutions.

Paying those athletes some amount of money above their scholarship probably will be optional. But a day when an Ohio State point guard making $5K plays against a Bowling Green counterpart making $1,000 is upon us.

And most everyone seems to be OK with it.

“It seems to be a much less controversial notion today than it was 18 months ago,” Emmert admitted. “As we’ve talked about it more and membership has had a chance to digest, it is being seen as less threatening.”

— Elsewhere, an update on practices in Florida for the East-West Shrine Game, in which Keith Price and Sean Parker are participating.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins is No. 24 in this top-50 ranking of NFL prospects. He’s projected to go to Arizona with the 20th pick in this mock draft.

— The recruiting dead period ends today, and UW appears to be pushing for a quarterback in this recruiting class. K.J. Carta-Samuels, a former Vanderbilt commit, will visit UW this weekend, and Houston’s Aaron Sharp apparently has a visit to UW scheduled for the weekend of Jan. 24.

— Losing five players early to the NFL Draft will be a challenge for USC.

— The former UW assistants, including Marques Tuiasosopo, were introduced at USC on Tuesday.

Oregon introduced its new defensive coordinator, Don Pellum, on Tuesday.

— Athlon analyzes the Pac-12 schedule.

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