7 Reasons the NCAA's $2,000 Stipend Will Bust Super Conferences and the BCS

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7 Reasons the NCAA's $2,000 Stipend Will Bust Super Conferences and the BCS
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The changes in the NCAA rules announced this week will fundamentally change the structure of the the AQ conferences and the BCS.

To review: Schools across the country, from east to west and north to south—including the current champions in football, Auburn, as well as Connecticut, the men's basketball champion—have had problems with the NCAA rules associated with both academics and financial irregularities.

Enter the U.S. Department of Justice, who started asking questions about scholarships and what amounted to the practice of subsidizing players to play.

Not to be left out, Congress moved into the spotlight and held hearings about a variety of NCAA-related issues, including BCS fairness and conference realignment.

In response, university presidents moved to stem the hemorrhaging image and hedge the problems where they were occurring.

Jim Tressel was a quick casualty; others followed. Schools began to clean house and demand action.

Enter the NCAA, who looked at the problem and came up with two solutions.

The first is to give ear to the claims that many of the student athletes are not really students—just place-card holders on their way to the NFL, NBA or other pro sports.

To that complaint, the NCAA's board returned to basics with a renewed emphasis on academics, by approving a new four-year Academic Progress Rate cutline from 900 to 930. Many wanted it higher, at 950 or more.

That level of cutline was severe enough to eliminate defending men's basketball national champions UConn from postseason play this year.

There will be repercussions for eligibility for postseason play for many teams. Yesterday, the board agreed to a four-year plan to ease into the new requirements to lesson the impact.

But the biggest change, among the many, was the provision to allow schools to give student-athletes a $2,000-per-year stipend (payola, money, green) to offset school expenses. 

Following are seven reasons this will destroy the BCS and bust the concept of super conferences.

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