Pay Them Only If They Graduate
This is intriguing. Forget paying the one-and-done players: they're using you, you're using them. It's mutually beneficial given the age restrictions in the NFL and NBA. A recruit aiming to play one season and jump to the draft doesn't need the money like a fifth-year senior who has devoted his whole college experience to making sure Longhorn football, or Sooner football, or Hurricane football is as great as it can be. So when you reach graduation, why not a cash bonus as extra incentive to stay in school? Calculate how much a four-year starter is worth and give them that much walking out the door. They got an education for free, but they also earned their school gobs and gobs of money. It's only fair they get a small piece.