Big 12’s Bob Bowlsby: They’re College Athletes, Neither Amateurs Nor Pros

In its coverage of the Knight Commission meeting on May 1, USA TODAY focused on a controversial comment made by panelist Bob Bowlsby, commissioner of the Big 12 Conference, about student-athletes: “I don’t think they’re amateurs. They’re college athletes.” The story noted that Bowlsby said in an interview that American student-athletes are unique — “Doesn’t exist anyplace else in the world where higher education and sports participation are linked, are co-curricular — and that makes it different.” He said that student-athletes are neither professional nor amateur.

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