'A Lot of Guys Go to Bed Hungry at Night' Says Ole Miss Quarterback Bo Wallace
College athletes do not get paid for their performances in games, even though the schools, TV networks and NCAA rake in millions of dollars.
The NCAA defends this practice by noting that the athletes get scholarships to college, but that's not always enough to cover their needs.
"A lot of guys go to bed hungry at night. That's real," Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace told CBSSports.com on Thursday.
"We have our breakfast and lunch," added Wallace. "Our cafe is open, so you can go and swipe your card, but dinner you have to pay for it... We need more compensation for that just to be able to survive."
"If I didn't have my parents I don't know what I would do. A lot of these kids don't have the same things that I have. I know that their struggle is something terrible. The cost of attendance, if they could just give us that, I think everybody would be OK."
Some college players have called for a playing stipend to cover their full cost of attendance, but many universities claim they don't even know what the full cost of attendance is.
CBSSports.com reported in May, "A 2012 study found that out-of-pocket expenses for a full-scholarship FBS athlete ranged from $1,000 a year to $6,904 a year, depending on the school. The average NCAA gap is now around $3,500."
According to The Los Angeles Times, the Pac 12, SEC, Big 12, Big Ten and ACC are considering their own plan on how to spend their TV broadcast money, which would include helping the players.