Cost of attendance
According to an April analysis by the Chronicle of Higher Education, the difference between a full scholarship and the new payments for an athlete in the Southeastern Conference will range from $2,284 (at Kentucky) to $5,666 (at Tennessee.) Using a nine-month academic calendar, that’s a difference of $376 a month for a full-scholarship athlete at Tennessee compared to Kentucky. Missouri’s new additional payments will be $3,664. [....]
The new payments give athletes money for out-of-pocket expenses that aren’t covered by traditional athletic scholarships, which go toward tuition, fees, books and room and board.
At Missouri, for example, the full cost of attendance for an in-state student for 2015-16 is $25,514 for two 14-hour semesters of classes, according to averages computed by the school’s financial aid office. From that figure, a full athletic scholarship covers tuition ($10,586), room and board ($10,062) and books and supplies ($1,124) — but not travel expenses ($2,598) and personal expenses ($1,144). Add up the two latter numbers and you get a difference of $3,742. That figure would rank No. 7 in the SEC based on the Chronicle of Higher Learning’s numbers.
Determining the cost of scholarships that go above room, board, tuition, books and fees is up to each university.
Wide variations in the stipends each school could offer has been viewed as giving schools with higher figures a recruiting advantage over those with smaller payouts. Nick Saban downplayed that notion last week at SEC Media Days.
"This has not changed our recruiting, and there's not been a lot of questions asked about it," he said. "Now, maybe it will have an impact in the future. I don't think that's the intention of cost of attendance. I think it's to improve the quality of the student-athlete's life, not to be used as a recruiting tool."
… as far as I’m concerned, they can skip the euphemisms. Student-athletes are getting paid, period. And plenty of schools are falling all over themselves to pay the kids as much as they can.
Surprisingly, the world as we know it isn’t ending. We haven’t heard so much as a peep lately out of Jim Delany about his plans to take the Big Ten to Division III.
So as amateurism is getting nibbled around the edges to death, how many of you are giving up on college football now?
I really, really hate that schools are giving different amounts here simply because this really shouldn't become a recruiting tool -- there are absolutely going to be different costs and gaps associated with attending different schools, but something tells me those gaps aren't the largest at SEC schools, which are obviously now paying the most in cost-of-attendance amounts. Alas, I guess the difference won't end up impacting things that much. Players won't lose money attending school, and that's something.
Counting down to camp
Brown especially has high expectations, but he had a bit of a set back in the spring with a knee sprain; if he stays healthy, he could easily become the Tigers' top receiver this season. Blair showed the most promise out of the redshirt freshmen in the spring, becoming a frequent target in the scrimmages leading up to the spring game. Perhaps the most interesting story line to watch this August is which (if any) true freshmen avoid a redshirt.
1. Missouri -- 10-2, 6-2
2. Georgia -- 8-4, 5-3
3. Florida -- 7-5, 4-4 (by virtue of wins over South Carolina, Tennessee)
4. South Carolina -- 8-4, 4-4 (by virtue of win over Tennessee)
5. Tennessee -- 8-4, 4-4
6. Vanderbilt -- 5-7, 1-7 (by virtue of win over Kentucky)
7. Kentucky -- 4-8, 1-7
So there it is. The model is finally picking Missouri to win the East. Which means, of course, that the Tigers are finishing seventh in the division this year.
Way to try to look serious, James