SCOTTS BLUFF, Neb. — Nebraska football Coach Tom Osborne said he agrees with former Oklahoma Coach Barry Switzer that the NCAA does not "recognize the financial needs of young athletes."
"About a third of your players are living at or below the poverty level," said Osborne, who has the highest winning percentage among active collegiate football coaches following Switzer's resignation under fire Monday. "It's a tough deal."
Osborne was in Scotts Bluff Wednesday to address a booster organization.
Liberalized Rules Favored
"I'd like to see (the NCAA rules) liberalized," Osborne said. "I think we need to do some things to enable the players to have a little bit of spending money.
"I'd like to see a little bit more done for the players because . . . we're asking more and more of them. And, in return, we're giving them less."