Possible NCAA changes to have big implications

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) -- For years, a lot of buzz has generated over whether or not student-athletes should get paid, and court actions earlier this week are making that into a real possibility. On Thursday, a federal judge ruled the NCAA cannot restrain what its football and men's basketball players can earn.

"I've never been a big proponent of college athletes getting paid," said University of Central Arkansas quarterback Ryan Howard. "Speaking to guys that go to bigger FBS schools, I mean they're getting paid $700 a month, which in my view, that's plenty."

If a veto isn't passed, Thursday's ruling would give the Power 5 conference schools in the SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, and Pac 10 more power to govern themselves, which could trickle down to the players.

The schools would be allowed to create their own rules, and with that power bigger schools, like the University of Arkansas, could theoretically flip once-taboo ideas like offering players additional money on its head, and actually offer monetary incentives. But, as with any action there is a consequence.

"I think it's really going to put a damper on these schools, and I think ultimately lead to schools ending their athletic programs or moving down in divisions," Howard continued.

While an extreme example many contend that the autonomy will create a larger gap between the 'haves' and 'have-nots.' More incentives could lead to a recruiting boost and some say that would leave lower-conference schools, like UCA, that can't afford similar luxuries in the dust. But head coach Steve Campbell isn't too worried about it- saying it's all conjecture at this point.

"You know we've got to focus on the things that we can control," he said in an interview Sunday. "Right now there's a lot of speculation on what may or may not happen and until something is passed there's no sense in worrying about [it] because there's nothing we can do to control it anyway."

And it's true- at this point it is just speculation. But one thing remains certain- if legislation does pass it will have lasting consequences on the NCAA.

Whether or not those consequences are good or bad remains to be seen.

The legislation is subject to a 60-day veto period. If 75 schools vote against the legislation it would trigger an override process, but many don't expect that to happen.

If everything does pass changes could be seen as soon as the 2015-2016 academic year.


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