University of South Carolina president Harris Pastides, a member of the NCAA board of directors, expressed his support for a stalled NCAA proposal that would allow schools to choose to add $2,000 annually to the value of a college scholarship but acknowledged there is a lot of animosity toward that recommendation among the vast majority of NCAA schools, which already lose money on athletics.
I believe in the next year and certainly in the next two years there will be an increase, on a voluntary basis, given to scholarship student-athletes, Pastides said.
On other issues:
-- The SEC hopes to have at least two teams each year in the four-team College Football Playoff, which will begin in 2014, Pastides said.
Thats the goal of the SEC, he said.
-- While SEC teams dont expect to see any money from the creation of the SEC Network until 2015, South Carolina already is planning on how to spend the money. After a USC board member suggested the new money should be used to pay down the schools debt, Pastides revealed he has established a group that will discuss several ideas of how to spend the money before presenting ideas to the board.
We are putting a lot of things on the table now, Pastides said. We are going to reach some level of consensus and then come to the board.
-- Pastides reiterated South Carolinas opposition to the current SEC scheduling format that requires every team to have one permanent cross-division rival each year. The Gamecocks have played Arkansas each year since joining the SEC in 1992 and are scheduled to begin playing Texas A&M as a permanent rival beginning in 2014.
We would enjoy visiting that colorful stadium and beating Eric Hymans team but other than that , Pastides said.
Hyman, the Gamecocks former athletic director, leads the Aggies athletics department. The SEC is not expected to announce the future of permanent cross-division rivalry games for another year.