Luck, ESPN’s Bilas to Debate Pay for College Players

October 13, 2015

By Staff at The Dpost 

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Two of the most controversial issues on college campuses today — freedom of speech and paying student-athletes — are up for debate Tuesday, Oct. 20, between ESPN’s Jay Bilas and NCAA vice president Oliver Luck, a former athletic director at WVU.

They will argue the proposition that “college athletes should be allowed to be paid” on the campus of Texas A&M University. It’s the first debate this year sponsored by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).

The night also will feature discussion about what students and speakers should be able to say on campus.

Bilas and Luck will face off in an Oxford-style debate, starting at 8 p.m. Bilas will advocate for the notion that student-athletes should be allowed to be paid, while Luck will argue against it. The debate will be moderated by Darryl Bruffett, longtime sports director for the region’s CBS affiliate, KBTX.

The debate will be live streamed on FIRE’s website,

Schools: Texas A&M University – College Station