John Calipari has spoken of it. So has Steve Spurrier. Mike Slive, SEC commissioner, has said it's time to consider it. University of Hartford president Walter Harrison and other school CEO's have said a serious conversation regarding it is required. NCAA head Mark Emmert has scheduled an August conference to discuss it. Jay Bilas had this to say:
"Have you ever heard anybody make a compelling case for why the NCAA promotes amateurism?" What values and what mission does amateurism promote? I've never heard anybody at the NCAA make that case. They say it's inextricably linked with the student-athlete's education. I don't believe there's any evidence to support that."
In this excellent piece by Neil Ostrout much of the situation is dissected and explained.
All of course reflects Victor Hugo's 19th century observation:
“You can resist an invading army; you cannot resist an idea whose time has come.”