At Sunday's 2014 NFL Draft Combine in Indianapolis, former Ohio State defensive back Bradley Roby spoke to the ongoing national debate of whether or not student athletes should be paid beyond their athletic scholarship.
Most of college football's most significant power brokers have spoken to the fact that in their opinion, student athletes should be entitled to a full-cost stipend that would help offset some of the financial shortcomings that the current system produces. Though student athletes presently get financial aid that consists of tuition and fees, room and board, and required course-related books, there still often exists a differential between the athletic scholarships and the actual cost of attendance (likely to the tune of several thousand dollars extra per month to bridge that gap).
No stranger to giving his opinion, the potential second or third round cornerback (who missed Ohio State's bowl game against Clemson due to injury) sounded off on the topic, making it clear he feels a full cost-of-attendance arrangement is the least the NCAA could do:
The American Athletic Conference has already committed to providing full cost of attendance stipends as soon as the NCAA permits them. It'll be interesting to see what the next shoe to drop will be.
Roby addressed the response immediately after speaking with the press on his Twitter account:
I didnt say I felt like am employee at OSU. I loved my time there. I agreed when they said coll. players are treated like employees thats it— Bradley Roby (@BradRoby_1) February 23, 2014