MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The commissioner of the American Athletic Conference says his league is willing to consider providing player stipends to offset the rising cost of attending college, but Mike Aresco says he is against paying athletes.
Aresco said Wednesday paying athletes would constitute an employer-employee relationship and that's not what college is about. He says that would be the "road to ruin" for college athletics.
The commissioner spoke at the start of the league's media day for basketball. Aresco says the amateur model may be strained but revisions can help it work. He says the relationship between schools and players must be strengthened and not abandoned.
College athletic directors are exploring ways to compensate athletes for the full cost of attending college with officials across all three NCAA divisions discussing the topic.