Mark Edwards' In My Opinion: Paying players wouldn't solve this situation
by Mark Edwards
Oct 03, 2013 | 1796 views |  0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend | print
NCAA universities, especially those from major conferences, should provide the full cost of going to school for athletes it signs, but it won't help avoid issues such as the HaHa Clinton-Dix situation.

The Tuscaloosa News has reported an assistant strength and conditioning coach, Corey Harris, allegedly loaned less than $500 to Clinton-Dix, which he repaid.

Clinton-Dix has been suspended indefinitely for undisclosed reasons, and Harris has been placed on administrative leave.

If athletes could receive the full cost of going to school, would that make them less likely to want more money? If they got paid over and above the cost of going to school, would that be enough?

Think about it: Even if you have a nice job that pays you enough to cover your living expenses adequately, are you going to turn down extra money, waving a hand and saying, "No, thanks, I've got plenty."

The situation with Clinton-Dix is unfortunate, and he is paying the price for it. Don't be surprised if the "indefinite suspension" is lifted after two games.

Considering the small amount of money involved, it seems a perfect example for how paying players would eliminate this kind of NCAA violation.

No. It wouldn't.

And this isn't a criticism of Clinton-Dix. I would've taken the loan, too.

Contact Anniston Star Sports Editor Mark Edwards at Twitter: @MarkSportsStar.
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