Today, ESPN.com takes a look at what a pay-for-play plan in college athletics might look, and the athletic department under the microscope in the Big 12 is Texas A&M. The Aggies are our example in the Big 12, and are a clear indicator of what you might typically find at most major athletic departments.
In short, if you were wondering why the phrase “football is king” is so prevalent, a quick glance at these numbers should make it clear. You’d probably see the balance look a bit different at schools like Duke and Kansas, but you also saw a school in Kansas look like it might be left out of a major conference last summer, despite having one of the greatest programs in all of college hoops.
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