The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

August 14, 2013

Pay college athletes?

Daily Item

---- — The athletes on scholarship at Penn State already get benefits of more than $135,000 for in-state students and more than $200,000 if they are non-residents. This includes tuition, room and board, books, fees, and "laundry money."

This covers the five years if they red-shirt. Who knows what they get if they spend the summer there. They get preferential treatment when it comes to class scheduling. And they often get special treatment in terms of admissions.

This sounds like a great deal to do something you love to do anyway. These guys have been pampered and fawned over since they were in junior high because of their skills.

If they don't like the deal they can always try paying for their education like the rest of the students. I taught for nine years at a Division I institution and have seen what really goes on.

On the other hand, I think they should not be unpaid fodder for the video-game makers. And the coach's salaries are way out of line.

William Fisher,