Solving It Together panelists
The panelists from Tuesday’s PNC Solving It Together forum, Paying College Athletes:
Background: ESPN college basketball analyst, former Duke basketball player, practicing lawyer.
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His take: “This is a multibillion-dollar business in which only one class of person is restricted, and that’s the athlete.”
Background: ESPNU college football analyst, former Southern Cal football player who spent 10 years in the NFL.
His take: “I don’t think (athletes) are being exploited. Are you not getting something from what you’re providing? They’re getting something. I got a $100,000 scholarship.”
Background: Former UNC Chapel Hill football player who spent 11 years in the NFL.
His take: “They need to find a system where they can give these guys some benefits, and if they do you won’t see as many getting in trouble.”
Background: Davidson College president since 2011, when she arrived from Rice University.
Her take: “If educational institutions recruit to our campuses athletes who want to be students, then the vast majority are not exploited.”
Background: Commissioner of the Big South Conference for the past 19 years.
His take: “How can you put a price on a degree, something that serves you for the rest of your life? There’s a lot of value there that people don’t think about.”