Friday, December 16, 2011

The $2,000 stipend suspended, for now ...

Remember that new NCAA provision adopted in November that would allow Division I athletic conferences to allow their institutions to give an additional $2,000 to some scholarship athletes to cover some of their incidental college expenses? Well, not so fast. After 125 schools by December 15 had requested an override of the new rule, the NCAA decided to suspend it at least until the NCAA Board of Governors meets in mid-January, when changes could be made in it. In general, the schools requested the override based on one or more of these factors -- the speed at which the new rule came about, concerns about its effect on fair competition, concerns about implementation in all sports, and concerns about the effect on activities related to Title IX (the 1972 federal law prohibiting any form of gender-based discrimination in any educational activity -- including athletics -- at institutions receiving federal funds).

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