NEW YORK -- The five power conferences of college sports want more flexibility in providing financial support to athletes.
A major reason they lack that freedom in the first place is other NCAA members have feared widening the wealthiest programs' competitive advantage.
Now NCAA president Mark Emmert and the leaders of those behemoth leagues must convince schools with fewer resources that giving the power conferences greater autonomy is in the best interest of college athletics.
For those confused about the thread title, I refer you to this: http://mgoblog.com/content/why-small-schools-are-overriding-fcoa
Surprised this isn't up yet, but here goes:
NCAA Will allow conferences to give Student athletes an additional $2,000 stipend to help cover the "full cost of attendance"
APR cutoff will move up to 900, then 930 - failure here means no bowl game
Schools will have the option to offer multi-year scholarships or keep giving them out on a year by year basis
Incoming athletes' GPA requirements went up some
Bball "evaluation days and dead periods" changed a bit
Hooray FCOA! Hooray kids being able to afford to go home for the holidays!
Note: I put the * in the title because estimates have "FULL" cost of attendance closer to $2950/year
Also, recently 300+ student athletes signed a petition asking for FCOA in addition to other things that make sense (like sports related medical expenses). Read about that petition here: