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    While Large Schools Offer Cost-Of-Attendance Stipend, Smaller Colleges Uncertain

    Published January 23, 2015

    Virginia Tech on Thursday announced its “Pylons of Promise” program set to begin during the '15-16 academic year, which "most prominently assures" student-athletes, a "cost-of-attendance stipend above the traditional grant-in-aid that covers tuition, fees, room, board and books," according to David Teel of the Hampton Roads DAILY PRESS. VT estimates the stipend will be "approximately $2,500 per full scholarship." With 195 student-athletes on full scholarship and 196 on partials, the VT athlet...

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    Missouri Paying Full Cost Of Attendance For '15-16, While Nebraska Unsure When

    Published January 21, 2015

    Missouri AD Mike Alden yesterday confirmed that the school "will indeed pay its scholarship athletes the additional cost of attendance," according to Dave Matter of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH. Alden said that for MU athletes, the estimated cost-of-attendance figure the athletics department "will pay athletes on full athletic scholarship will be approximately $3,000 per year." The stipend "applies only to athletes in ... sports where athletes receive full scholarships, not partial scholarship...

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    Univ. Of Minnesota Putting Sports Venue Project On Fast Track With '17 Completion Date

    Published January 20, 2015

    With construction bids to build new football and basketball venues and a Center for Excellence for all student-athletes "now due in less than three weeks," the Univ. of Minnesota is "fast-tracking a $150 million chunk of an ambitious project to reshape its 25 sports," according to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. New university documents "reveal plans for groundbreaking to begin no later than September, with an expected completion date" of July '17. The university "officially ...

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    Kent State To Assess Athletics Program, Could Cut Sports After Review

    Published January 20, 2015

    ...aid that there is "tremendous financial stress on colleges and universities today when it comes to athletics...

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  • SBD Article

    Fresno State AD Jim Bartko Q&A Addresses New NCAA Landscape, Fundraising

    Published January 20, 2015

    New Fresno State Univ. AD Jim Bartko, who is "charged with driving the Bulldogs’ athletic programs forward into the rapidly changing and more costly college sports landscape, has embraced the challenges" of his position, according to a Q&A by Robert Kuwada of the FRESNO BEE. Below are excerpts from the interview: Q: Where do you start, or what has to get done -- now? Bartko: We’ve got to look at Bulldog Stadium long term. We have to look at the sports expansion issue, the costs and how we fi...

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  • SBD Article

    Power Five Schools Pass Cost-Of-Attendance Scholarship Measure Almost Unanimously

    Published January 19, 2015

    Schools and athlete reps from the NCAA's five wealthiest conferences on Saturday "voted 79-1 to expand what Division I schools can provide under an athletic scholarship," according to Steve Berkowitz of USA TODAY. The vote, taken during the NCAA's annual convention, "redefines an athletic scholarship so that it can cover not only the traditional tuition, room, board, books and fees, but also the incidental costs of attending college." That means a scholarship "will now be able to pay for item...

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    Attendance For SEC Hoops Declines Again, Down More Than 10% In Three Years

    Published January 19, 2015

    Basketball attendance across the SEC "is down -- again," as the current average (10,275) "would be the smallest total for the league in three decades," according to Rick Bozich of Louisville-based WDRB.com. It is "not an alarming number, a decline of 78 fans per game, from 10,353 last season." As a "single-game snapshot," it "is no big deal." Bozich: "But open the lens a little wider. Attendance last season was down 218 per game from 2013. And attendance in 2013 was down 942 per game from 201...

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    Fox Sports close to Georgetown deal

    Published January 19, 2015 by John Ourand & Michael Smith

    Fox Sports is on the verge of signing Georgetown University to a multimedia rights agreement, providing further evidence of the big media company’s desire to expand more into college sports. Fox broke into the multimedia rights space in 2011 by signing the University of Southern California to a deal. Georgetown represents Fox’s second client in a space traditionally dominated by IMG College and Learfield Sports. Georgetown would join...

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    Autonomy In Effect At NCAA Convention, Where Cost Of Attendance Is A Top Priority

    Published January 16, 2015

    The NCAA Convention, which began Thursday in Maryland, "marks the beginning of significant changes to the organization's operational structure," as the Power Five conferences "will convene Saturday with new authority to control many areas," according to George Schroeder of USA TODAY. The "expected passage of a proposal to provide full cost-of-attendance scholarships" is among the first items on the agenda. ADs as part of the changes "will assume more prominent roles in enacting policy," and c...

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  • SBD Article

    SEC Revenue $325.9M, Up 4% From '12-13, Slive Makes $2.1M In Total Compensation

    Published January 16, 2015

    The SEC reported $325.9M in revenue during '13-14, up 4% from the previous year, and $49.5M "in total assets" by the end of the FY '14, which ended Aug. 31, and SEC schools "received an average payout" of $21M, up slightly from $20.8M in '12-13, according to the conference's new federal tax return cited by CBSSPORTS.com's Jon Solomon. Since the SEC's "average payouts ballooned" from $13.1M to $18.3M between '08-09 after new TV deals with ESPN and CBS, the payouts "have been relatively modest....

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    Tennessee Raises Football Season-Ticket Prices, Eyeing Offset For Athlete Compensation

    Published January 14, 2015

    Univ. of Tennessee football season-ticket prices "will increase" approximately 6.5% for the upcoming season after sales for '14 "snapped a downward trend" that went back to '05, according to a front-page piece by Dustin Dopirak of the Knoxville NEWS-SENTINEL. Season tickets for bleacher seats in Neyland Stadium "will increase in price from $385 for the season to $410," while chairback seats "will go up from $406 to $431." UT Senior Associate AD Chris Fuller said that the price increase "is no...

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    Pittsburgh Interim AD Will Lead Search Committee For Pederson's Replacement

    Published January 13, 2015

    Juhl is not considered a candidate for the vacant AD position Univ. of Pittsburgh Chancellor & CEO Patrick Gallagher yesterday "took the first substantive step" to find the school’s new AD by naming interim AD Randy Juhl "head of an internal search committee," according to Sam Werner of the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE. Gallagher said that Juhl, who is not considered a candidate, and the committee "are in no rush"...

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