by Troy Gaulden
NCAA president Mark Emmert‘s proposal to increase grants to student-athletes by $2,000 has been approved in order to cover the full cost of attending college.
According to Louisiana State University chancellor Michael Martin, each conference will now vote on the matter, and it is expected that most will accept the proposal.
But Martin, a former chancellor at New Mexico State, disagrees with increasing student-athlete grants, because not all schools can afford to do so. Martin says this will widen the gap between the haves and have-nots.
“I’m not sure that the $2,000 serves a particularly good purpose for those of us who can afford it, and it most certainly will have a negative impact on those who can’t,” said Martin.
Also, with conference realignment and television network deals, the landscape of college athletics is shifting. The Southeastern Conference added Texas A&M and the University of Missouri, a move that Martin backs.
“Both Texas A&M and Missouri are AAU universities, which means that they are academically very highly regarded. They both have strong traditions in the sports we play. They are within reach of our smaller teams being able to travel successfully there.”
LSU chancellor Micahel Martin on SEC expansion: