DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN) — Texas Longhorns Athletic Director Steve Patterson isn’t pleased with the negative publicity surrounding the NCAA’s treatment of student athletes.
Pressure is mounting on universities to provide additional compensation to student athletes — a view Patterson vehemently disagrees with.
The Texas AD went on the offensive on Monday, attacking critics and calling out a reputable college basketball analyst with ESPN.
“It’s absolutely agents and trial lawyers that are the whole reason we’re talking about this. You’ve got guys like Jay Bilas out there making the claim that scholarships aren’t worth anything, and nobody says anything to discredit that. … So who is saying with any rationality or any fact that student athletes on a full ride aren’t getting something? They’re just flat-out wrong and they’re liars. And they’re doing the bidding of agents and trial lawyers.”
Bilas joined Shan & RJ on Wednesday to defend his position.
“I’ve never heard anybody, especially me, say that athletes don’t get anything or scholarships aren’t worth anything,” said Bilas. “I do say that athletes by definition are exploited. They’re not mistreated in any way, but they are exploited.”