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Originally published Monday, October 24, 2011 at 8:46 PM

NCAA President Mark Emmert supports $2,000 payments to athletes | College football

NCAA President Mark Emmert backed a proposal to allow conferences to increase grants to student-athletes by $2,000, "to more closely approach" the full cost of attending college. Emmert is a former University of Washington president.

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WASHINGTON — NCAA President Mark Emmert backed a proposal to allow conferences to increase grants to student-athletes by $2,000, "to more closely approach" the full cost of attending college, beyond the athletic scholarships athletes receive for tuition, fees, room, board and books.

Emmert, previously the University of Washington president, told the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics on Monday the proposal will be finalized this week and said he will ask the NCAA Division I Board of Directors to support it at their meeting Thursday. He noted student-athletes have limited opportunities to work outside the classroom.

Emmert said he expects conferences that get automatic bids to Bowl Championship Series postseason games to approve the payments because they have the revenue stream to afford it.

"Will schools underneath that?" Emmert asked. "I don't know."

Emmert said he also will ask the board to allow schools to provide multiyear grants, instead of year-to-year scholarships.

Meanwhile, more than 300 major-college football and men's basketball players are telling the NCAA and college presidents they want a cut of ever-increasing television sports revenue to fatten scholarships and cover all the costs of getting a degree, with athletes picking up still more grant money when they graduate.

The players from Arizona, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Purdue and UCLA have signed a petition asking the NCAA to "realize its mission to educate and protect us with integrity."

Oregon suspends Harris from team

EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris was cited for multiple infractions, including driving on a suspended license and driving without insurance.

Ducks coach Chip Kelly suspended Harris from the team, pending further review of the incident.

Harris was ticketed in June by Oregon State Police for reportedly driving 118 mph on Interstate 5 on a suspended license. The All-American was suspended after the incident and missed the opener against Louisiana State.

Note

• Linebacker Chris Galippo of No. 20 USC has apologized for claiming Notre Dame quit in the final minutes of the Trojans' 31-17 road victory Saturday. The Fighting Irish declined to use timeouts on USC's game-ending drive.

"At the end there, when they didn't call those timeouts, they just quit," Galippo said after the game. "That's what Notre Dame football is about."

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