Wiedmer: Subsidies new NCAA issue area

"When are you going to drop football and distribute that money to those who deserve it?"

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga chancellor Dr. Roger Brown had been on the job less than hour when that question was asked of him at his opening news conference six years ago this summer.

So it was with more than passing interest that he read Tuesday's USA Today article detailing the growing controversy of using subsidies - especially student activity fees - to help balance struggling athletic department budgets.

After all, Brown went to the UTC student body this past spring and asked for an extra $60 a semester per student in activity fees to help the Mocs remain competitive in athletics. They obliged and the UT board approved the measure last week, and because of that the athletic department will have roughly $1.2