OSU Exec Defends Amateurism Amid Coach Salary Scrutiny

Law360, Oakland, Calif. (September 20, 2018, 8:53 PM EDT) -- Ohio State University athletic director Eugene Smith defended NCAA rules limiting student compensation during a landmark antitrust trial Thursday in California federal court, testifying that paying athletes would force the department to cut certain sports, while conceding that the school's coaches collectively earn more than $30 million in salaries and benefits annually.

During a trial in Oakland, California, Smith said the college sports fan-base would drop significantly if student athletes were paid and the impact on teams would be "mind boggling" and lead to resentment between paid and unpaid players. Smith also said Ohio State's athletics department would have to cut...

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