One of the major arguments against universities paying their student-athletes is that many athletic departments don't turn a profit. Ignoring for a moment the ways athletic departments can ensure this is the case, if there's one athletic department in the country that has never had a problem making money, it's Texas. Surely, if there was a school that could afford to pay its players, it's Texas. So I guess it's too bad that Texas president Greg Fenves "cannot comprehend" the idea of paying Texas' student-athletes. Fenves was interviewed as part of a class-action antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA, and according to notes obtained from the interview, Fenves just doesn't believe it's possible to pay players at Texas. In the interview, Fenves said he "cannot comprehend how athletics could be a part of university life." He went on to say that if players were paid, it would ruin the relationship between the players and fellow students and alumni. "Students go to games to watch their fellow students compete, and that they would not be as interested in attending if the players were professional," Fenves said. He also went on to say that alumni wouldn't be as supportive of the school's athletic teams if they operated as "just another professional team."
Texas president 'cannot comprehend' paying student-athletes
CBS Sports | Apr 20