LITTLE ROCK — After talking about enhancements to his school's facilities and the improvements in the Bears program, University of Central Arkansas football coach Clint Conque, during an appearance Monday before the Little Rock Touchdown Club, threw up a warning about upcoming NCAA legislation to "pay players."

The NCAA is giving Division I conferences the option of having each school in the conference add $2,000 to the value of a scholarship to basically provide athletes a stipend for sports participation.

"I hope they (college athletic excecutives) are not shooting first and asking questions later," Conque said.

He noted that faculty and staff members at LSU have not had raises for four to five years and that dedicating money to playing athletes could increase tension.

"We have to think this through," Conque said. "It could create an atmosphere on campus that the faculty doesn't want to work with athletics because there is some jealousy there."

(More details on Conque's presentation will be in Tuesday's print edition of the Log Cabin Democrat)