More for college athletes: not if, but how

MIAMI (AP) -- After decades when paying college athletes was thought to violate the spirit of amateurism, the enormous television revenue generated by sports - football and basketball in particular - and the long hours of work by the players have changed the debate.The head of the NCAA now supports a stipend for athletes to cover costs beyond tuition, books and fees, and both coaches in Monday's BCS championship between No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama spoke in support of the idea in the days before the game.The question is no longer whether to cut athletes a check, it's how best to do that.\I still think the overriding factor here is that these young men put in so much time with being a student and then their responsibilities playing the sport

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