NCAA adopts new legislation, including approval of $2,000 allowance to cover full cost of attendance
Remember how Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer was in favor of the NCAA proposal to allow schools to chip in up to $2,000 extra for players to cover the full cost of attendance? Well, now he’ll have his chance.
The Division I board of directors adopted a package of approvals Thursday that provides economic support to student-athletes and toughens academic standards.
The money allotment, which covers the gap between a scholarship’s worth and the full cost of attendance up to $2,000, had been talked about for a while, especially with revenue from TV contracts reaching dizzying heights. It’s meant at addressing the miscellaneous costs of college not covered by athletic scholarships.
Beamer was in favor of it earlier this week.
“I think kids have different situations that you kind of take care of some things,” he said. “Some people have to travel farther to get home, have different ways to get home. Back when I was playing, we got $15 a month for laundry money. We thought we died and had gone to heaven. I think they should get something.”
It’s up to the school to decide if it wants to make this payment. It will not be required, but conferences will be encouraged to consider it. The $2,000 amount will not be revisited for three years.
The board also approved multi-year scholarships, although one-year grants remain the minimum. Beamer supported the one-year option.
“To me we have a system that worked very well right now,” he said. “It’s a one-year renewable scholarship. You’re going to renew the scholarship unless the kid messes up. I would think if a kid knew he had scholarship for four years, some kids wouldn’t care what I was saying. ‘To heck with coach Beamer.’”
That might be the thought now, but it will be interesting to see how coaches react if some schools begin giving out four-year offers. That can be a major recruiting advantage.
As for academics, the board set tougher guidelines, linking postseason participation to the a school’s yearly Academic Progress Rate, which it will phase in starting in the 2012-13 academic year.
The APR, which is released yearly, measures academic progress and player retention. The NCAA set the postseason eligibility score at 930, which predicts roughly a 50 percent graduation success rate. It will work like this:
- In 2012-13 and 2013-14, a team must have a 900 multi-year APR or a 930 average over the two most recent years to be postseason eligible.
- In 2014-15, that figure is bumped up to 930 for a multi-year score or a 940 average for the most recent two years.
There’s also a penalty structure. The first level limits teams to 16 hours of practice a week over five days (it’s usually 20). The second adds competition reduction and the third includes coaching suspensions, scholarship reductions and restricted NCAA membership.
What does that mean for Virginia Tech? Not much. The Hokies’ APR score in football for the 2009-10 academic year was 973. It’s multi-year score was 955.
Virginia Tech has dipped below that 930 multi-year threshold before, though. Its multi-year APR in 2006-07 was 929. The year before it was 928.
The board also adopted higher initial eligibility standards that could require some incoming freshmen to have an academic redshirt year if certain requirements aren’t met. The new requirements go into effect in 2015.