Kentucky Wildcats coach John Calipari compares the NCAA to the Soviet Union in his new book.
“The situation reminds me a little of the Soviet Union in its last years,” Calipari writes in “Players First: Coaching From the Inside Out.” “It was still powerful. It could still hurt you. But you could see it crumbling, and it was just a matter of time before it either changed or ceased to exist.”
Calipari came up with a 13-part plan for the NCAA to avoid crumbling, ESPN reports. Some of those points include a player stipend between $3,000 to $5,000, one round-trip flight home a year and the NCAA covering the players’ insurance premiums.
If these changes are made, Calipari thinks that “the NCAA will soon have to reform itself or it will not remain the dominant force in college athletics.”