Student-Athletes as Students First

The Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics (COIA) is an alliance of faculty senates and councils from public and private universities from NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools. Our mission is to provide a national faculty voice on intercollegiate sports issues. As faculty, we are committed to promoting academic excellence, integrity, and health and safety of all of our student-athletes across our great universities. Our core values are centered on Student-Athletes as Students First, and we support the NCAA programs that promote our core values. But, we are strongly opposed to compensation for student-athletes, and we think that entertaining ideas such as payment for their name, image, and likeness (NIL) will serve to greatly erode the concept of amateur athletics at the college level. Such compensation will create unfair advantages among schools that cannot be mitigated, and will lead to improper recruiting and transfer inducements that cannot be prevented. It is also likely that student-athletes will be unfairly burdened with complex and difficult choices related to prioritizing financial gain over commitment to academic achievement. We believe that exploring compromises that would support NIL payments will eventually lead to direct payments to players for their athletic performance. We urge the NCAA to support Student-Athletes as Students First and not adopt a system for compensating student athletes for their name, image and likeness.