WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Several organizations representing 351 Division I institutions issued a press release Wednesday indicating a united stand against the 'pay for play' model in college athletics. Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke is the president of one of those organizations, the Division 1A Athletic Directors' Association.
"As a group, the athletics directors are engaged in developing recommendations that will improve the governance and operation of intercollegiate athletics," Burke said.
With regards to 'pay for play' Burke and the athletic directors were clear. The athletics directors are concerned with public dialog that does not accurately reflect the true value of intercollegiate athletics to student-athletes.
"Pay for play has no part in the amateur setting," Burke said. He also noted that the value of a full scholarship and direct support services at Purdue has a value in excess of $250,000. Plus, student-athletes with a full scholarship have no loan to pay back, an expense that could run upwards of $200,000 at Purdue.
The member institutions believe that integrity issues need to be handled effectively in the enforcement system, which is under review.
"Institutions must clearly understand the meaning of institutional control and must reinforce integrity as a core value," Burke said.
Burke and Mike Alden, president of NACDA and athletics director at the University of Missouri, will serve as national spokesmen for all 351 Division I programs.
Both Burke and Alden plan to be available in the near future representing those programs the issues of 'pay for play', institutional control, and governance of the institutions.
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