Mid-majors couldn’t afford to compensate athletes if rule was passed

Texas A&M quarterback and reigning Heisman winner, Johnny Manziel, has become the poster boy of his school, the NCAA and a movement. A movement that has turned this same poster boy into the face of a timeless debate about college athletes and the money they bring into their respective schools.

Manziel orchestrated a Cinderella-story season last year and capped it off with a Heisman Trophy. It was a motion-picture-type performance that warranted the attention of the casual fans and more importantly — for those not on the field on game day — filled the pockets of those against said movement.

CBS had their pockets in mind when they announced earlier this week that they would be implementing a  “Johnny Cam” when Alabama visits the Aggies this Saturday. The camera lens will act as a magnet to all things Manziel, aiming to catch whatever antics Manziel offers us, whether it’s on or off the field. But while schools like Alabama and Texas A&M fill their stadium with more than 80,000 fans on a consistent basis, mid-majors like Long Beach State offer an arena that, on a good night, has just about 5,000 people in attendance.

MORRIS: Mid-majors couldn’t afford to compensate athletes if rule was passed

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