Paying NCAA athletes is a slap in face to those who struggled to pay for a college degree. I went to Mason on the 5½ year plan. I had to pay half of my way working 30+ hours a week in retail. I knew others who had to pay even more for their education. Unlike most athletes, I didn't have the luxury of free tutors, free meals, free sneakers, free medical care, and free personal/group counseling. Scholarahip or not, athletes get benefits for playing a sport that regular students don't. I know many on this forum followed a similar path. They, like me, would have gladly played a sport in exchange for the toil of supporting their education. Scholarship players already get paid to go to school by virtue of their scholarships. However, I would be in favor of providing a little bit more to the athletes who don't get scholarships. They're the ones who truly deserve it. They have to pay for school, go to school, and compete for the school—those students are my heroes.