There was a lengthy discussion on the merits of adding a cost of living stipend to players' scholarships yesterday in response to Jim Delany's statements during the Big 10 meetings. ESPN posted this article today that included reactions from several conferences.
There are a couple of interesting takeaways here. First, the idea would be an increase in the room and board payments athletes already get to cover the published, federally mandated, cost of attendance. This is really the only way to frame the argument, in my opinion, for the schools that doesn't look like schools are out and out paying players. Also, all of the major conference commissioners were in favor (Big East wasn't represented).
From CUSA Commish:
"Universities justify spending tens of millions of dollars on coaches' compensation, with a seemingly insatiable appetite for more growth. At the same time, a small fraction of that amount is spent on all scholarships for all student-athletes," Banowsky said. "Unless the student-athletes in the revenue-producing sports get more of the pie, the model will eventually break down. It seems it is only a matter of time."