Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott also plans to speak with the presidents and chancellors about the issue today on the final day of the league's spring meetings. Scott said he hasn't received any official position on the issue from the league's board of directors but he said they seemed very interested and willing to investigate the issue further.
"I've said it's absolutely something we should look seriously at," Scott said. "I'm definitely not in support of paying athletes a salary, but I think it's right that we examine and consider paying the full cost of attendance for those (schools) who can afford it, and our conference can."
Emmert also is not in favor of a pay-for-play model put forth by some, but he recently acknowledged there are costs for student-athletes above and beyond what scholarships currently pay for and absorbing those costs can be troublesome for many.
Pac-12 athletic directors also discussed the issue this weekend and came away generally in favor of taking a closer look. Adding more money for student-athletes in the form of stipends or expanded scholarships would be a significant cost to most athletic departments, but for a league that just announced a 12-year media rights deal that will expand every athletic department's budget dramatically, it wouldn't be burdensome.
"We certainly discussed it and it will continue to be discussed at the NCAA level," Arizona State athletic director Lisa Love said. "There is a general positive feel about the concept, but you've got to be able to put the business model in play relative to what is the cost impact and what can we do in talking about all student-athletes, a segment of student-athletes? What are the legal ramifications of that?"
"... It's too soon to call other than tosay it's going to be heavily evaluated because everyone wants to go through the process of evaluation and research to see what can be done. If you want to say there is an endorsed ideal about researching the possibility? Absolutely. But it's too soon to say charge up the hill."