I find it hard to believe that the smart guys at the NCAA couldn't have come up with a better solution than one that enables athletic donors to funnel additional money to players. I'm not saying that it's easy, but that's a difference of $22,500 over a five year period, assuming a player ends up red-shirting a season, which is a common practice, especially for non-skill positions players. True, I guess BC and the other schools at the lower end of the spectrum could report a higher number, but the additional cost could be prohibitive. An annual stipend of $6,000, for those that need some help with the math, is a whopping $500 per month. That sure sounds like a lot of walking around money to me. In fact, it appears to be more like running around money.
There have been a lot of ideas thrown around, one of them that proposes putting money in a trust account that the student-athletes will have available to them upon graduation. I like the idea, except that it doesn't solve the walking around money issue. At the end of the day, maybe the big money football schools are going to have it their way no matter what, but I'd have liked to see the NCAA give it a better shot before capitulating so early.