These guys may be young, they may be impressionable, but they're adults. They have the cognitive ability to evaluate a situation they're in and make an informed choice. Sometimes these choices seem bone-headed to those of us with more maturity, experience and wisdom, but these are their decisions to make.
I have very little knowledge of what all the APU really meant. I think if you ask individuals who participated, it may have meant different things. No question they should have informed CPJ: everything they do on and off the field reflects on him. They owe him the respect to let him know their intentions. As for whether they're being taken advantage of by the NCPA, that's beyond any of us unless we have first hand knowledge of the entire process.
The pay-for-play and stipend concepts are extremely complicated and could have far-reaching implications across all collegiate sports. I don't know the answer, but I do know I paid for my own school and worked off-quarters and part-time during school to do it. I have no problem with them getting a stipend equal to the typical on-campus work-study job hourly rate times the maximum allowable contact time. What does that mean for basketball or the non-revenue sports?
When I was at Tech, I had several friends on the football team and they had friends from other teams that came around often (namely NCSU and Clemson). Some of these guys didn't have pocket change for the soda machine or to go see a movie. As a student, I could treat them and give them rides, but coaches couldn't. I drove back to CT at the end of every quarter. I usually started with a full car (3 others), dropped off along the way. They can't get a part-time job, so something needs to be done.
As for injuries and sustained scholarships, I think the scholarship should be for a minimum of five years and continue as long as the student-athlete is working full-time towards a degree, regardless of status. If this places an financial burden on the program, reduce expenses or generate more revenue, it's simple economics. I thought there was already a program to support the scholarship of a student-athlete injured and unable to play.
Sorry for the collection of jumbled thoughts, too many glasses of a really good bottle of wine. No kidding, it's called La Clape.