Q&A with Washington president Michael Young
Everyone says, "Well, they're getting a great education." They are, but so are a lot of other kids. And they're doing it on pretty much the same terms, except the other kids get to work and these kids don't. So many of the little niggling violations you get out of the NCAA are because the kids are so constrained. They're not even able to do what their classmates can do. That just seems not sensible, and it's certainly not fair. I don't find the equity argument compelling. I actually find the equity is running the other way. I do understand that some schools don't have the budget to do it, and that makes it difficult. In those circumstances, I'd do it conference by conference. For the most part, we compete largely within our conferences or with similarly situated conferences. I don't think it puts anyone dramatically at a competitive disadvantage. It may in some cases, but not much.