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Pay the Piper: The NCAA is going to have to dig into its reserve to make back payments to athletes. Conferences for the Power Five schools will be doing the same.

A lot of former and current student-athletes (about 14,000) will be getting their "fair" share that will come from the $2.8 billion kitty. That's a chunk of change from the recent anti-trust settlement regarding what is owed to players.

Moving forward, there is also about $21 million per school to be alloted on an annual basis starting in 2025. That might be a little tricky with so many student-athletes on each campus and determining their worth.

As for the "worth" part, there is supposedly some type of formula to set those values. A superstar quarterback is expected to get more than the back-up deep snapper.

Some sports will grab larger pieces of the pie because of the value of the product. The question is, will this all sustain itself?

Most of the higher-ups believe it had to be done for collegiate athletics to survive. Some type of plan had to be set with some boundaries.

I do wonder how many programs can survive even with these limitations. Some athletic departments have a lot more resources than others.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution had a recent article that compared Georgia to Georgia Tech. Georgia, at the end of the sports year, brings in more of a profit than their in-state rivals.

Last year, Bulldogs athletics would have had the extra change to cover $21 million for payouts. The Ramblin' Wreck would have gone in the red. Most athletic departments fall in the same category as Tech.

How do they survive? Cut. I expect we will see some of the non-revenue sports disappear in some places. It's been a threat for a long while, but it's likely to become reality.

Will there be enough extra money to compensate for the added expenses? Maybe, but I assume more at the more successful schools. The old line of the rich get richer probably applies.

Notre Dame president Rev. John Jenkins might have summed it up best. "The settlement, though undesirable in many respects and promising only temporary stability, is necessary to avoid what would be the bankruptcy of college athletics."