No holiday for the NCAA

As the most valuable college athletes there are toil for free today, word comes from Jeremy Fowler of CBSSports.com that NCAA president Mark Emmert is dusting off his stipend proposal for preview at the organization’s convention later this month, with a new formal offering coming in April:

A need-based plan can be seen as glorified financial aid, especially when nearly 20 percent of NCAA student-athletes already receive a Pell Grant, a federal program that gives students in need up to $5,500.

The original proposal likely would have cost schools more than $400,000 per year because of Title IX regulations.

The thought of subsidized universities tacking on a few hundred more dollars to the student body’s already-high yearly tuition rates is a hard sell, said Alabama-based attorney Gene Marsh, a former NCAA committee on infractions chair who helped Penn State navigate recent sanctions.

Not long after that story was posted, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett announced the commonwealth would be suing the NCAA for its heavy sanctions on the Penn State football program, with more details coming Wednesday.

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