SOURCE Article: WASHINGTON -- NCAA President Mark Emmert says he supports a proposal to allow conferences to increase grants to student athletes by $2,000, "to more closely approach" the full cost of attending college, beyond the athletic scholarships athletes receive for tuition, fees, room, board and books. Emmert told the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics on Monday that the proposal will be finalized this week and he'll ask the NCAA Division I Board of Directors to support it. He noted that student athletes have limited opportunities to work outside the classroom and playing fields, and that the current model of athletic scholarship hasn't changed for 40 years. Emmert says he'll also ask the board to allow colleges and universities to provide multiyear grants, instead of year-to-year scholarships. "This week, I'll be asking the board to support a proposal to allow conferences - not mandate anyone, but allow conferences, not individual institutions - to increase the value of an athletic grant in aid to more closely approach the full cost of attendance," Emmert said. "We are going to create a model that would allow - probably ... up to $2,000 in addition to" tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies. ---------- I personally think that if this happens, the NCAA is opening Pandora's Box. And I also think this is a joke too. Are we seriously supposed to believe that a top rated QB in the entire nation is only going to get as much money as a third-string lineman on that same team? No way. These kids are still going to get their money from boosters and the like, and it isn't going to be just $2000. Also, are kids on the golf team, the band, cheerleaders, etc, going to get $2000 also? Can't wait to see how this distribution is going to be broken down.