By Brian Murphy
Boise State President Bob Kustra has been a vocal opponent of an NCAA proposal to give student-athletes an additional $2,000 stipend. During an interview with American Public Media's Kai Ryssdal on "Marketplace," Kustra gave made his strongest comments to date about his reluctance to give the stipend.
In December, Boise State among the schools that tried to stop new NCAA proposals for a $2,000 stipend and another one allowing schools to offer multi-year scholarships.
Click here is a complete transcript from Kustra's "Marketplace" interview.
Among the highlights:
— Kustra said that full scholarships are "a great program" and that they have hidden costs, such as coaching, training table, academic support.
— Kustra said the $2,000 stipend would cross "the threshold from being an amateur athlete to being a professional athlete"
— When questioned about that comment, Kustra said, "I don't know where you stop. I think from there then you open up the fact, you realize the fact that you're now paying students to play. And once you pay students to play, why does it have to stay at $2,000?"
— Kustra said there should be a larger conversation within the NCAA. "Why don't you call this what it is? Why don't you open up the whole discussion? Why don't we take a look at Division I football and men's basketball and really ask ourselves how you can continue justifying these sports as amateur athletics."
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