Bill Hancock did a pretty darn good job of navigating through all the egos, personalities, selfishness and greed that surrounded the process.
There’s been a lot of talk about paying college athletes, especially lately with the Ed O’Bannon trial ongoing. Do you have a strong opinion on that issue?
To me, to answer your question, it’s not just a “yes” or “no.” To say that, OK, a coach makes $5 million a year and the players get nothing. Well, that’s not quite the truth. They get scholarships.
During my time, the value of that scholarship to me was probably $200,000 over a five-year period of time.
There is one one exception that I would make. My scholarship at the University of Oklahoma did nothing for me in terms of having a little bit of entertainment money, to have a little walk-around money, to have a little money for toiletries. … I do think there’s room to say that these young men and young women should get $150 or $200 a month — I don’t know what the magic number is — but I do think they should get some type of stipend.