Like many of his colleagues who are in charge of running college athletics, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany has reservations over the thought of paying players. However, he isn't bankrupt for ways to fix the system. On Wednesday, Delany laid out a plan to establish a minor league for the NFL and allow a path for high-school football players to go straight to the pros.
Delany said that college sports should do what "we've been doing for 100 years." For better or worse, he believes in college athletics maintaining its tradition of amateurism, with all of the pratfalls and doublespeak that the NCAA's tradition of amateurism involves.
The National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors released a statement Wednesday evening, making it clear that the group is totally against compensating student-athletes. The college ADs agree with pretty much everyone that the NCAA needs to adjust its model and are willing to work on that issue, but like Delany, they want to see college sports retain their amateur status. The president of the Divisian 1A Athletic Directors' Association and Athletics Director at Purdue University, Morgan Burke, said that "Pay for play has no part in the amateur setting."
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Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller was injured early in the Buckeyes' Week 2 win over San Diego State, and he hasn't been back in action since. However, that could change Saturday when his team hosts Wisconsin. Miller is "close to 100 percent," according to head coach Urban Meyer, and he will probably get the start against the Badgers.
Earlier this week, Meyer named Miller and Kenny Guiton, who has been filling in at QB, as co-starters for the game at Ohio Stadium, but he said if Miller had a good week of practice, he would likely lead the Ohio State offense onto the field. Guiton has played well in place of Miller, completing 68.4 percent of his passes for 664 yards, 13 touchdowns and just two interceptions this season.
Ole Miss starting linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche, who injured his knee in the Rebels' season-opening victory over Vanderbilt and has missed the last two games, could make his return this weekend at No. 1 Alabama. During the SEC's weekly teleconference, head coach Hugh Freeze said the redshirt sophomore went through practice Tuesday and that his knee didn't have much swelling Wednesday morning.
Nkemdiche was expected to miss 4-6 weeks when the injury occurred. Freeze said that if swelling stays down in the knee, the linebacker should be ready to go Saturday.