Swinney says covering full cost of attendance "a nightmare"


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Swinney says the new legislation creates unintended consequences
Swinney says the new legislation creates unintended consequences

Clemson head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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isn't one to back down from an opinion, and he voiced his opinion on the NCAA's full cost of attendance, saying that prospective student-athletes may make college choices based on the wrong reasons.

The NCAA's power five conferences voted in January to allow their 65 schools to offer players scholarships that cover the full cost of attending college, which could amount to a few thousand dollars a year more. Universities annually list a higher actual cost of attending college beyond an athletic scholarship, a number that is based on miscellaneous expenses that differ by school. A 2012 study found that out-of-pocket expenses for a full-scholarship FBS athlete ranged from $1,000 a year to $6,904 a year, depending on the school.

Swinney says the differences in the money allotments cause unintended consequences.

“Oh, there is no question. I mean, it's a nightmare. I just think the intent is good because I think we're finally modernizing the scholarship to reflect 2015,” he said. “There are a lot of positives that are coming about. Even last year, being able to actually feed our guys like we need to be able to feed them. I think that is a positive and they tried the stipend thing and it didn't go through. So basically, this is the way they are getting that done, but there are some unintended consequences.”

Clemson athletic director Dan RadakovichDan Radakovich
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estimated an annual cost of $925,000 to cover full cost of attendance, based on Clemson’s $3,608 “other expenses” fee for a student to attend school.

Swinney says the topic will be number one on the agenda at coaches meetings.

“There is no question that it's not a level playing field and it is going to be the number one topic at all of the coaches meetings. It's not good,” he said. “I think again, the intent is good, but from one school to be able to pay three or four thousand dollars more than another school, at the end of the day guys are going to make decisions for the wrong reasons and it shouldn't be that way. I don't like where we are right now. We are where we are, but I think that there has to be a better solution somewhere down the road and eventually we will get there. It is where it is right now and it's going to be a factor in the recruiting process, there's no question.”

Swinney said his stance on paying athletes is well known, and that while he thinks strides have been made there is still a lot of work to do.

“I'm well documented as far as my thoughts of professionalizing college athletics. I've also said many times, I'm 100 percent in support of modernizing the scholarship. I think there have been great strides made to that goal over the last year,” Swinney said. “Really good. And, the cost of tuition stipend is a good step in the right direction. Again, we have to figure out a better way to execute it because there are really going to be some negative unintended consequences result from it.

“You have to start somewhere and I know that is going to be a huge part of our discussion when we get together here in a couple of weeks as coaches, as it will be with every coach across the country. You have some issues there from a recruiting standpoint that have to be addressed. The intent is good, but we have to figure out a better way what everybody wants. We are headed in the right direction, but professionalizing it that makes no sense to me. These guys are getting an awful a lot that people don't want to talk about and don't want to put a value on and it's tremendous.”

Cost of Attendance

University	Costs prev	Costs now 	Estimated change in scholarship
Auburn		$23,578		$29,164		$5,586	
Tennessee	$23,710		$29,376		$5,666	
Mississippi St 	$17,294		$22,420		$5,126	
Boise State 	$15,652		$20,742		$5,090	
TCU		$50,940		$55,640		$4,700	
Ole Miss	$18,204		$22,704		$4,500	
Memphis		$19,440		$23,907		$4,467	
Wisconsin	$20,678		$24,994		$4,316	
South Carolina	$21,414		$25,565		$4,151	
Kansas State 	$18,194		$22,306		$4,112	
Arkansas	$19,064		$23,066		$4,002	
Florida State 	$17,800		$21,684		$3,884	
Baylor 		$50,278		$54,160		$3,882	
Missouri	$21,040		$24,704		$3,664	
Clemson 	$23,304		$26,912		$3,608	
Utah		$19,448		$23,022		$3,574	
Arizona State 	$21,851		$25,209		$3,358	
Arizona		$21,900		$25,200		$3,300	
Alabama		$24,542		$27,434		$2,892	
Ohio State 	$22,198		$24,800		$2,602 	
Georgia		$20,082		$22,680		$2,598	
UCLA		$32,157		$34,752		$2,595	
Oregon		$22,440		$24,780		$2,340	
Marshall	$17,172		$19,450		$2,278	
Michigan State	$24,254		$26,126		$1,872	
Georgia Tech	$23,028		$24,748		$1,720	
Southern Cal	$65,982		$67,562		$1,580	
Louisville	$18,946		$18,946		$0	

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spacer New Story: Swinney says covering full cost of attendance "a nightmare"
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spacer What "wrong reasons" is he talking about?
TheProdigal
spacer yes, since you asked. Yes you did.
scooter
spacer Ha...a school on Tobacco Rd. was my #2, but not Wake.
TheProdigal
spacer You got into State
CuTigers835®
spacer I only applied three places, and got in all three.
TheProdigal
spacer Good job Prod.
CuTigers835®
spacer LOL...no big deal.***
TheProdigal
spacer Shouldn't have went to SC...***
JohnFBell
spacer We really don't consider NC A&T part of "Tobacco Road"***
clemsonrulez08®
spacer Hmmm...not sure I would fit in at NCA&T
TheProdigal
spacer Greensboro is a SCARY place
clemsonrulez08®
spacer rassist***
josephg®
spacer #?Soybeanwind
TigerFace
spacer Re: What "wrong reasons" is he talking about?
Anonymous08®
spacer The question is...why would that be wrong?***
TheProdigal
spacer Re: The question is...why would that be wrong?***
Anonymous08®
spacer Isn't full cost of attendance just an estimate, though?
TheProdigal
spacer Re: Isn't full cost of attendance just an estimate, though?
Anonymous08®
spacer Well, I would want the amount to be an honest figure.
TheProdigal
spacer Re: Well, I would want the amount to be an honest figure.
Anonymous08®
spacer Re: Well, I would want the amount to be an honest figure.
Lilnaitch
spacer Re: Well, I would want the amount to be an honest figure.
Anonymous08®
spacer Re: The question is...why would that be wrong?***
allorangeallthetime52®
spacer Re: The question is...why would that be wrong?***
allorangeallthetime52®
spacer Because of the unfair recruiting advantage that it creates.***
BigCUFan®
spacer As long as the figure is honest, it isn't unfair, to me.
TheProdigal
spacer The NCAA needs to establish the amounts....
BigCUFan®
spacer That would be just a general stipend, I suppose.
TheProdigal
spacer Re: As long as the figure is honest, it isn't unfair, to me.
orangeman
spacer Re: What "wrong reasons" is he talking about?
garrick3270
spacer Re: New Story: Swinney says covering full cost of attendance "a nightmare"
84OX®
spacer Curious what exactly is covered by this additional $
Mighty Zep®
spacer That list has Auburn higher than UCLA
Clemsnman®
spacer We're higher than UCLA also.***
josephg®
spacer Louisville is actually 3rd highest at $5,202
scooter
spacer TCU and Baylor @ $50K+... Does that have something to do
SOLOS®
spacer Re: TCU and Baylor @ $50K+... Does that have something to do
garrick3270
spacer I basically read it as
imacutiger12
spacer Re: I basically read it as
footballmanager
spacer Re: I basically read it as
imacutiger12
spacer Re: I basically read it as
Tigerdug23®
spacer Hookers and crack must be expensive at Auburn?***
Tropical
spacer I agree with Dabo. When someone posted our and SC's
Swarley
spacer I don't get the Auburn thing either unless there's a huge
josephg®
spacer Do Student-Athletes get any preferential treatment on
Swarley
spacer What we all love about college athletics is dying a slow...
kbtiger®
spacer $1600 to live in Los Angeles or $5600 to live in Alabama
Neal in NC®
spacer In the grand scheme of things, I think the differences
Tall_Tiger_Two
spacer do you guys understand this means the guys at some schools
cu1981fans
spacer Much better explanation of issue with link
cu1981fans
spacer Good explanation - thanks!***
Mighty Zep®
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