ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The national conversation about whether college athletes should be paid or not has grown louder and louder in recent years.
A massive lawsuit from former and current players against the NCAA and a string of incidents where players have broken the rules by selling merchandise or autographs have made the issue a pressing one in college athletics.
The question at the heart of the debate is whether a free education is compensation enough for the millions and millions of dollars in revenue and national attention student athletes help bring to universities.
On Wednesday, UNM athletic director Paul Krebs and head football coach Bob Davie weighed in on the topic.
"I think for what these players' sacrifice, I do think they at least deserve a cost of living type increase," Davie said. "We all take for granted everybody has the same advantages when it comes to just plane tickets or whether it comes to just going out and taking your family out to eat when they come to a home game."
Krebs said, "I will tell you that a full ride at a place like UNM for four or five years is significant compensation, But I would support the idea of cost of living a scholarship that is equal to the cost of living or some small stipend."
Both Davie and Krebs say they don't support salaries for players.
Davie emphasized any stipend needs to be the same across the board for all schools to ensure a level playing field. Krebs says he wouldn't have a problem with a player having the ability to benefit from his or her name or likeness being sold in some cases.
"If somebody wants to buy a #5 Kasey Carrier jersey and there's demand for that, then I don't personally have a problem with him getting some kind of [previously agreed upon] compensation for that," Krebs said.
The potential problem for UNM with increased compensation for athletes is that the athletic department does not currently bring in enough revenue to support itself without additional money coming in from the school and students as is.
"There's no question that there's an economic impact to us and we would have to measure the cost of that, how we would pay for that," Krebs said.
The idea of providing a full cost of attendance for scholarship athletes has gained some traction in recent years with commissioners of both the SEC and Big 10 conferences advocating for the concept.
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