Purdue students happy about student-athletes potentially getting paid

The NCAA is doing something out of the norm; something it has fought against doing for years. Its Board of Governors approved athlete compensation.

Posted: Oct 30, 2019 12:30 AM
Updated: Oct 30, 2019 12:32 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The NCAA is doing something out of the norm; something it has fought against doing for years.

Its Board of Governors approved athlete compensation.

When the details are finalized, it will allow college athletes to benefit from their "name, image and likeness."

"This is such a difficult issue to me," said Purdue President Mitch Daniels.

News 18 interviewed Mitch Daniels in early October before this policy was finalized.

This issue has been years in the making.

People typically ask many questions like: Should athletes get paid? Aren't their scholarships enough? Should they have control of their name, image and likeness?

NCAA's President Mark Emmert thinks yes to the last question.

"They want the schools to go out and promulgate rules that will allow students to be able to take advantage of their name, image and likeness, but do that in a way that's consistent with the collegiate model of sports," said Emmert.

Students at Purdue University are more than happy with this new policy.

"Obviously the chance to make money off your hard work makes sense to me," said Purdue student, Bryce Mitchell.

"I'm really glad they did it," said Purdue student, Justin Ayer

"If they are working hard I think they should be able to benefit from their hard work," said Purdue student, Lauren Ashby

However some are skeptics.

"Boy they better be careful," said Daniels. "I understand the goal here but the means to an end I think nobody has really devised yet."

"I'm a little concerned about the schools like Alabama and true blue bloods in college football schools in the south with a lot of money," said Mitchell. "It's going to increase the gap between the best team and the worst team."

NCAA's Board Chair, Michael Drake, said the NCAA must embrace change and modernize to provide the best possible experience for college athletes.

The board also asked each division to create any new rules beginning immediately, but no later than January 2021.

Many Boilermakers were together on one thing.

Their beloved college video games may be making a come back.

"I played NCAA football all my life," said Ayer. "It's been since 2014 that they had it. I am looking forward to getting it next year."

The NCAA laid out many guidelines for this new policy.

For example, it wants to be sure student-athletes are students first and not employees of the university.

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