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Power Five conferences provide payday for college athletes

Early in August, Drew Williams was put on scholarship after two-and-a-half seasons as a walk-on for South Carolina's football team. "It's awesome," Williams, the starting long snapper, said of earning one of South Carolina's 85 football scholarships. "You feel like you are really a part of the team. It's a blessing for sure." In the new era of college football, it's even more of a blessing than before. Under new NCAA rules designed to share some of the massive revenue from college football and men's basketball with athletes, college sports' ruling body has allowed for the first time this year a stipend, which increases the value of an...