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USC AD Pat Haden compares Pay-for-play to a Rubik’s cube

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How complicated is the whole idea of paying players to play college football? That all depends on whom you are asking. If you happen to ask USC Athletics Director Pat Haden about it, he will compare it to one of the most classic puzzles of all time.

“Pay-for-play is a Rubik’s cube that no one has quite figured out yet,” Haden said in a Q&A with USC’s athletics blog. “I have been beating the drum for two years about doing more for our student-athletes. However, with Title IX and NCAA rules, it is never that simple.”

Haden has been one to speak in favor of new ideas and share his thoughts as the world of collegiate athletics evolves. The move to have the power conferences have the authority to work under a different set of rules from the rest of Division 1 is making the idea of providing more for student-athletes a popular one if a school has the resources. USC, in all likelihood, would have the resources available. Haden still says there is plenty to figure out.

“If pay-for-play became the standard, we would probably have to pay not just football players, but all of our student-athletes something or we could be in violation of Title IX,” Haden said. “And of course, paying student-athletes is a violation of NCAA rules, thus the Rubik’s cube. I think covering the full cost of attendance is a step in the right direction in addition to what we already do for student-athletes, which is considerable.”

Haden also commented on the push for autonomy, which will be voted on later this summer by the conference commissioners. The USC AD seems to be in favor of it but suggests just because it gets adopted does not mean every school will be able to capitalize on it.

“We have to acknowledge that some schools and athletic departments have more resources than others, and each needs to do the right things for their student-athletes,” Haden said. “The potential new rules, like feeding players or paying the full cost of attendance, would be considered “permissive legislation” I would hope, so each school would figure out on its own what it can do up to the allowable, but it is not mandatory.”

Hey, a Rubik’s cube is really difficult sometimes.

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7 Responses to “USC AD Pat Haden compares Pay-for-play to a Rubik’s cube”
  1. irishfbfan1 says: Jun 7, 2014 8:53 PM

    I agree with Pat Haden on this one. Let’s not ruin one of the only sports that exemplifies tradition.

  2. sternf says: Jun 7, 2014 9:04 PM

    The alternative is to continue to exploit student athletes to the bottom line of perhaps the top 50 schools.

    And the Rubik’s cube puzzle was quickly solved — and in record time.

  3. coachbeck says: Jun 8, 2014 12:59 AM

    Stop title 9. And the players don’t need a paycheck. If they get a check they should have to pay tuition. One or the other, not both.

  4. phuckosu says: Jun 8, 2014 6:56 AM

    Title IX is so stupid. It is as stupid as the Rooney Rule, which I find to be potentially more offensive than helpful. Absolutely no reason why a team that only drains money from the school should get any additional money paid to the student athlete. Generally football and some basketball makes a profit. Rowing, track, swimming….give me a break

  5. motobus says: Jun 8, 2014 9:30 AM

    Why should they have to pay tuition? Do top academic students who are paid by schools through research grants have to forgo their opportunity of scholarships?


    Scholarships are how schools compete amongst themselves to bring students to their schools, not some altruistic form of compensation.

  6. huck222 says: Jun 8, 2014 11:58 AM

    Title XI should even be discussed! Only some women basketball teams make money, so to even consider Title XI is just plain stupid! Men’s Football & Basketball should be govonern on another set of rules.

  7. corvusrex96 says: Jun 10, 2014 11:58 AM

    Just make all of the power 5 conference football teams a minor league organization that is semi affiliated with the schools with no scholarships and no expectation or requirement that the players attend class

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