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NCAA Board of Directors adopt $2K scholarship aid

Posted on: October 27, 2011 2:11 pm
Edited on: October 27, 2011 2:12 pm
By Jeff Goodman

Baby steps.

The NCAA Division 1 Board of Director approved a set of proposals on Thursday that includes legislation where student-athletes (in football and basketball) are able to receive additional aid for the full cost of attendance up to $2,000.

"This is certainly not pay-for-play," NCAA president Mark Emmert said.

The Board also approved a set of academic requirements that could and will hinder programs from being able to play in football bowl games and also the postseason for basketball programs.

Under the new requirements, there would have been seven programs that would not have been allowed to participate in the NCAA tournament and eight that would not have qualified academically for bowl games.

- The Board also adopted the concept that coaches will be able to work with prospective and enrolled student-athletes in the summer - although the leadership council will consider alternate models in January, one that could be tied into summer school attendance.

- The Board will not revisit the $2,000 amount for the cost of attendance for three years.

- The Board will raise the Academic Progress Rate (APR) at 930. Teams must achieve a 900 multi-year APR or a 930 average over the most recent two years to be eligible. In 2014-15, teams that don't achieve a 930 for their four-year APR or at least a 940 average for the most recent two years will be ineligible for postseason. The Board will provide special allowances for historically black colleges and low-resource schools.

- Junior college transfers will now need a 2.5 GPA instead of a 2.0 GPA and will also have increased core-course requirements.

- The sliding academic scale has also increased.

- Multi-year grants have been approved up to the full term of eligibility - with one-year remaining the minimum.

- Presidents also voted to allow institutions to provide financial aid to former players who remain or return to complete their degrees after exhausting their eligibility.
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Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2011 9:58 pm

NCAA Board of Directors adopt $2K scholarship aid

Savvy not Sabby!

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2011 9:57 pm


I agree that Mccohen made a nice little statement:  It was clear, concise, rational but still contained an understanding that the student-athletes do actually bring a benefit to the institution.

However, it should be understood that the $2,000 is a compromise agreement in order for the NCAA to eventually improve public perception and I believe it's an extremely sabby move.  Think about the arguments being made by the players-- that they don't have petty cash for basic necessities and etc.  This $2,000 goes along way to eliminate that complaint and allows the NCAA to partially ward off this argument made by proponents of pay for play.

Now is there a slippery slope effect?  Meaning, is the $2,000 going to steadily rise as it's re-examined in a few years because rules will continue to be broken?  I'm almost certain that it will.  However at some point they aid will be increased to the point where amateurism and the entire dea of college football will be compromised.  At this dollar figure, the players will have little if any excuse for cheating which will swing public opinion, permit the NCAA to establish coherent, clear, objective punishments and guidelines. Now all of a sudden, the NCAA is no longer the bad guy.

Right now, it's fighting an uphill battle against the perception that it's treating these kids like indentured servants. 

Since: Mar 10, 2010
Posted on: October 28, 2011 4:02 am

NCAA Board of Directors adopt $2K scholarship aid

you are a whining idiot.  You do not add anything to the prestige of the school.

You are a paying student, not a RECRUIT.  These schools entice ie beg student athletes to come to their schools.


Grow up you weinie.

Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2011 7:03 pm

NCAA Board of Directors adopt $2K scholarship aid

Just because the board approved the legislations does not mean the schools have to give out the money. It is permission, not a requirement. Now, the Board of Directors approved the proposal, but the schools still have to vote on the legislation.

Just a couple of things to keep in mind. Unless the schools vote to enact it, it will not become part of the rule book. 

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2011 6:37 pm

NCAA Board of Directors adopt $2K scholarship aid

I said:
Am I wrong in thinking this is a racist statement? It implies that black college players are not capable of meeting the standards. We know that is not true. Perhaps the address of low-resource (regardless of race) schools is appropriate because the majors employ tutors for their players while smaller schools cannot afford this.
qazwx4 said:
It's a common misunderstanding, but it certainly would not be racist at all. It merely acknowledges the hardships African Americans have had in order to achieve academic success that have been brought about through segregation, which while it does not exist today, still has had reprecussions that will not fully be undone for at least a few more decades. It's not a matter of opinion, it's a matter of fact, and it's even been supported by the Supreme Court. That said, I don't like this policy, especially if it only pertains to football and basketball.
As a member of a different minority I can say that I do not want to be treated differently than the majority while I do appreciate accommodations that pertain to my minority where I cannot provide them myself. What I wish for is to be treated as the guy inside me and not by the appearance. The question here is not about past segregation but about today's students being able to progress toward graduation. I simply see no basis for saying traditional black colleges do not have student athletes equally able to progress as the more traditional 'white' colleges. You are correct that the court has supported racial quotas to enable minorities to gain the same opportunities. Is that the case is relaxing the APR standards for an entire group of colleges? Seems too broad and therfore a bit racist to me. Thanks for responding.

Since: Jun 11, 2011
Posted on: October 27, 2011 6:30 pm

NCAA Board of Directors adopt $2K scholarship aid

Well said mcohen4.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2011 6:20 pm

NCAA Board of Directors adopt $2K scholarship aid

I wrote:

This is a huge step in reducing NCAA violations. When a player has some pocket change his/her life feels much more secure and satisfying.
Natisaurus - You said:
Sorry to disagree lee3022 "The problem is all inside your head .... the answer is easy if you take it logically .... Just drop of the key Lee and set yourself free". I like that song - please excuse - just came to mind when I saw your name. And pray tell where are the facts to support this statement or is that your best guess-tament? How much security is in #2,000? Of course, it won't be spent on books, or a laptop, or school supplies it will be just "pocket change"  .... for more trouble. Don't fool yourself. Unless the money is directed by someone else most of the kids will add it to their parents allowance, summer jobs, or memorabilia sales and just make the NCAA violations more prevalent. My best guess-tament based upon youth experience and human nature - not wishful thinking.
You may have experience with youth like me (19 years coaching teen baseball) but the experience of college students is somewhat different. Of course, I worked my way through college before the era of easy student loans. The money added to the full ride scholarships might be enough to maintain a car, take a date to the movies, etc. Is it enough? For the recipients, such payments are never enough. We all want more. You asked where the facts are to support this statement - the facts are personal experience in being is such a place and the years I have spent working with people over money needs (CPA). The question might be legitimate over whether this will reduce the NCAA violations but I do not think the issue of feeling more secure by having money rather than having none require any additional facts. Most readers here have experienced this first hand. If you didn't I am thankful on your behalf. The idea behind reducing NCAA violations is that I believe the vast majority of student athletes want to do the right thing. The stars sometimes have a sense of entitlement and some of those will look for big money where ever they can get it. But most are tempted by need rather than greed. Perhaps I believe too much in my fellow humans but I would rather err on this side than the other.

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2011 5:45 pm

NCAA Board of Directors adopt $2K scholarship aid

$2,000 -

Here ya go sonny...don't spend it all in one place, now!

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 5:40 pm

NCAA Board of Directors adopt $2K scholarship aid

This will do absolutly nothing to stop the rampant cheating going on at the big universities throughout the country. Do you really think this will stop the money handshakes that happen. Do you really think this will stop the Cecil Newtons of the world from shopping their sons services for $180,000. Maybe he will only ask for $178,000?
The newly adopted academic standards will only lead to more cheating in the classroom or (with FSU in mind) on the internet.  A junior college transfer, that is a blue chip prospect, will still be given a phony 2.5 gpa to become eligible just as they were given a phony 2.0 before. 
This is only being done to distract everyone from the rampant cheating that has been going and has been finally making headlines on a daily basis. Does this mean that all the kids at Ohio State that excepted money or sold items are going to be forgotten about if it totals less than $2,000. Maybe it should. I still don't lay any of these problems on the 18 to 22 year olds out there. There are very few of us who can honestly say we would have turned any money down at that age. 
The NCAA has done a terrible injustice to the last few generations about how to conduct themselves down the road in life. All this coming on the heels of federal cuts in aid to non athletic students. This is totally unacceptable. I will no longer support anything affiliated with NCAA. I am done watching your fixed games. 

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: October 27, 2011 4:52 pm

NCAA Board of Directors adopt $2K scholarship aid

I'm done posting here, mcohen4 just made the most logical and spot-on post yet...exactly my feelings on the situation.

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