College athletic directors, in a bond of solidarity, issued a press release Wednesday that rejected the idea that student-athletes should be paid.
"Pay for play has no part in the amateur setting," Morgan Burke, athletic director at Purdue, said.
Burke, president of the Division 1A Athletic Directors' Assn., said a full scholarship and direct support services at Purdue have a value in excess of $250,000. Plus, student-athletes with a full scholarship have no loan to pay back, an expense that could cost close to $200,000 at Purdue.
Burke said he realizes there are differences among the 351 Division I-A schools and that the NCAA has to become more streamlined.
What power the athletic directors actually have remains to be seen. The split in the NCAA is forming between the top five football conferences and the rest of the membership.
The five "power" commissioners would like to use their billions in broadcast revenue to supplement student-athletes with a "full cost of attendance" stipend of perhaps $2,000 per year. The lower divisions have been opposed because they don't have those kinds of resources.
Though it is highly unlikely that the top football programs are going to leave the NCAA, there has been talk of forming a separate Division 4 that could allow the top leagues more autonomy.
Pac-12 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott has said the NCAA needs to become more "nimble and flexible."