White: We feel we're in the entertainment business
Posted July 17, 2014
From education and cost of attendance to transfer rules to pay-for-play models, no question was off limits for University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Bubba Cunningham, Duke University’s Dr. Kevin White, North Carolina State University’s Debbie Yow and North Carolina Central University’s Dr. Ingrid Wicker-McCree at a Fan Town Hall hosted by 99.9 The Fan ESPN Radio Thursday.
Here are some quotes from Duke athletics director Dr. Kevin White:
"I'm concerned about too much autonomy. There aren't two schools that are exactly the same... we've been talking about a level playing field for 100 years. We're all very different, get over it, that's who we are and that's not going to change."
"Full cost of attendance is one of the big issues on the table. I think full cost of attendance based on need makes really good sense and unfortunately we can't get an awful lot of people excited about that. There's got to be a way that we can get resources, badly needed resources, to the population that most needs those resources without downsizing their Pell grant."
"If Johnny [Manziel] gets to make a lot of money off of his celebrity does he give a little to the offensive line? I mean what do you do, where does it stop? What is Johnny without the offensive line? I'm not sure."
"When I first became an athletics director I felt I was an educator I was in the education business and I had an opportunity to dabble in the entertainment side. At this point in time I think a lot of us we feel we're in the entertainment business and we're really working hard to try to hold on to that educational reality."
"My sense is kids who really want to do something, within in almost all of our institutions if not every one of them, can find the pathway. And these kids today are really good consumers, let's not cut the kids short, they're really good consumers, they're not going to make an institutional choice unless they can get what they really want. Give them more credit than that. They're not going to make an institutional choice if in fact they're not going to be able to realize their academic dream as well as their athletic dream."
"I think by and large the school meets their responsibility to the athlete they recruit."