They want to call it ‘Stipend’ but I rather call it ‘Grants & Aid’… They want to refer to multiple offers as ‘Free Agency’ but I prefer to call it what it is ‘Leverage’…
A great article early this week in the WCFCourier.com that opened with;
‘A new stipend that scholarship athletes are receiving to pay for some of the things that their scholarship doesn’t cover could be a game changer for college sports, especially since some believe that recruits could wind up making decisions based on which institution can put the most cash in their pocket.’
The article goes on getting different opinions from College Coaches and Head Coaches in the South Florida area from some pretty big time high school programs. But here’s the news flash; The money has Always been available, up to now no one has been talking about it except us… Further, when did we start talking about Grants and Aid as being a ‘stipend’? Yes, a stipend can be considered a form of a scholarship, but rarely (until recently) do you hear it in the collegiate athletic realm. The fact is the NCAA has always had money available for student athletes travel. Not only for, what the media is referring to for travel to and from bowl play, but also for travel expenses for student athletes ‘in need’ to and from school and back home for those student athletes that are attending a college far from their homes. Again, it’s always been available but up to now no one is saying anything about it. Here’s a great example from the article from Miami QB Brad Kaaya. Look at it carefully… does he say anything about bowl game trip expenses? And pay attention where he found out about the Grant Money,’especially since he had to prepare a case – it was just homework, not his actual personal opinion’… He had to research it to find it. The University athletic department didn’t volunteer the information to him.
‘Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya will receive more than most of his Hurricanes teammates, since his home is California and the figure accounts for the expense he’ll incur flying back and forth across the country.
‘Kaaya sees both sides of the issue, especially since he had to prepare a case — it was just homework, not his actual personal opinion — against cost of attendance for a class project in summer school a couple months ago.’
And then you’ll find High School Head Coach Roger Harriott state the following in the article;
“The more prominent schools have a lot to offer,” said Roger Harriott, the coach at national power St. Thomas Aquinas High in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “And they sell that.”
True the prominent schools have a lot to offer… but not more money. The fact is that the prominent D1 Schools only receive 25% Federal Funds whereas the D3 Schools (non athletic scholarship) receive 75% Federal Funds not to mention their Trust Accounts that are stuffed with millions of dollars that they can use at their discretion. I’ll ask you, who do you think has more funds to offer? Yes, D3 and small school programs… And once again, you won’t know this unless you know the right questions to ask which is all addressed in our PTRG Learning Management System.
And here’s the kicker… the article further states;
‘A very gray area. In all, 22 of 25 recruits from the South Florida area who were asked about the issue by the AP said schools had used disparities in the cost-of-attendance number as part of their sales pitch.’
This is no surprise, let’s face it, colleges and universities are Big Business so you have to approach them as such and you have to know how to ‘Play the Game’. The entire recruiting process is Big Business, $100k+ contracts, so you have to be prepared for the process. Remember, in business everything is Negotiable, why would you treat this deal any different and why would you expect the college or university to try to get the best Deal that they can negotiate?
Here’s the catch. Here’s a typical statement from the article that pretty much sums up what all student athletes that are being recruited buy into;
“On a scale of one to 10, I’ll say it’s a five,” Cavin Ridley, a highly recruited wide receiver from Deerfield Beach High in Florida, said when asked how much the stipend number will matter to him. “It’s not something I really care about. I’m going to be taken care of, regardless, while I’m in college. It’ll help with the little things. I’m going to be taken care of, regardless, while I’m in college.’
Let me give it to you straight up… Before you make these assumptions, Read the Fine Print in your Contract. If it doesn’t state the things you were promised (in writing) they’re under NO obligation to give it to you.
Here’s what’s not surprising from the article;
‘At the Atlantic Coast Conference media days earlier this summer, most players who were asked about cost of attendance seemed unsure of how it would work. But when asked how they would spend the extra money, the majority cited basics like food and rent — not exactly luxuries.’
In conclusion, here’s confirmation of what I want you to take away from this article. Isn’t it interesting how the players didn’t have a clue about ‘how it would work’, but knew exactly what to do if they had extra money? In order for student athletes and parents/guardians to learn how to ‘Play the Recruiting Game‘ they first and foremost need to get educated and ‘Learn the Game’. Otherwise, the ‘hype’ will probably turn into ‘hurt’ and disappointment of what should be one of the great experiences in a student athletes life…