What if Kansas paid its basketball players? It already does, sort of

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Fans file through the doors of Allen Fieldhouse past the statue of Phog Allen in this file photo from Monday, Oct. 27, 2014.

If you want to be a Kansas basketball player, 82 is an important number to know. It’s how many games are in an NBA season. It’s also how many times more money KU coach Bill Self made than his 13 men’s basketball scholarship athletes last year. This may seem unbelievable, but it’s true: Self earned more than $3.9 million, while the 13 players on scholarship took home $47,372 combined. The unbelievable part is that the players were paid at all.

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KU Faculty Exhibition artist draws inspiration from family history, plight of refugees

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Former Kansas University center Sasha Kaun displays the bronze medal he won with the Russian national team this summer at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Kaun was the first Jayhawk men’s basketball player since Danny Manning to win a medal at the Olympics.

Former Jayhawk Kaun reveals retirement

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Lawrence hosts AAU basketball tournament

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Do you think the current stipends for Kansas University’s men’s basketball players are an appropriate amount of compensation?

Given what they do for the school, yes, as long as it’s commensurate with other types of service to the school, such as what a graduate teaching assistant makes.

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