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08:16 AM ET 05.31 | Oversigning won't be the only hot-button topic at this edition of the SEC meetings, where "full cost" scholarships will also reportedly be addressed. The issue: Administrators will discuss providing student-athletes with a "cost of attendance" scholarship rather than an academic scholarship. A school would be allowed to provide a stipend for "incidental expenses" beyond room, board, books and meals, as has always been the custom. It is a proposal that has been on the books for many years but always tabled due to prohibitive costs for smaller programs. But SEC Commissioner Mike Slive and Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delaney, flush with money from TV deals, seem to believe it's time for "the haves" to take care of their own. Comment: Probably still years from happening.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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May 31, 2011  08:32 AM ET

For the love of God and all that is this holy trinity of college football, please find another picture of Saban.

May 31, 2011  08:32 AM ET

"SEC ready to provide stipends?"

You mean they aren't already?

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May 31, 2011  08:37 AM ET

The smurf leisure suit returns!

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May 31, 2011  08:39 AM ET

All joking aside, I think the cost of attendance stuff is a very good idea.

May 31, 2011  08:44 AM ET
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All joking aside, I think the cost of attendance stuff is a very good idea.

He!!, just pay them minimum wage for all the hours they put in! That would not be out of line and might be enough to cover some of the items being discussed.

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May 31, 2011  09:03 AM ET
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May 31, 2011  09:06 AM ET
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For the love of God and all that is this holy trinity of college football, please find another picture of Saban.

Pic is about 6 years old now. He has a lot more gray hair.

May 31, 2011  09:07 AM ET
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It said that they would address over signing, why, surely the SEC would never do such a thing, never.

And maybe the Big 10 should have been worrying about extra benefits instead of oversigning. :)

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May 31, 2011  09:09 AM ET
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+1. But the stipend can only be to fill the gap between the academic scholarship and the "full cost of attendance" the school publishes as a guide to all prospective students. Also, I bet Title IX will require that a school pay the same stipend to all of its scholarship athletes. I'd hate for this to lead to some schools dropping more non-revenue sports.

Pretty much why I think it probably will never happen. But, that's just me. I never thought USC would be punished.

May 31, 2011  09:12 AM ET
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CMR and the UGA Pres whined enough about it, so they have no choice... They will have a new rule by 2012 instead of the 28

I guarantee youthe most it will be will be just sign 25 per year regardless of how many you have which won't stop the whining.

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