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Stoops on stipends: Players get plenty now

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08:19 AM ET 04.11 | When it comes to the pay-for-play issue, Bob Stoops, who earns more than $4 million a year, doesn't see much merit. "You know what school would cost here for non-state guy? Over $200,000 for room, board and everything else," Stoops said. "That's a lot of money. Ask the kids who have to pay it back over 10-15 years with student loans. You get room and board, and we'll give you the best nutritionist, the best strength coach to develop you, the best tutors to help you academically. ... How much do you think it would cost to hire a personal trainer and tutor for 4-5 years? I don't get why people say these guys don't get paid. It's simple, they are paid quite often, quite a bit and quite handsomely."

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April 11, 2013  08:20 AM ET

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April 11, 2013  08:51 AM ET

Stoop's point about the hidden benefits of nutritionists, trainers and tutors is valid. What is the cost per student-athlete for those services? While there is mutual benefit in providing those services, they do cost the schools something. I'd like to see what schools budget for their support systems.

April 11, 2013  08:52 AM ET
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Redux

Yes it is. But Bob went up a notch IMHO.

April 11, 2013  08:59 AM ET
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Yes it is. But Bob went up a notch IMHO.

Way-y-y-y-y up.

April 11, 2013  09:11 AM ET

Checked MSU's budget; $6.5 million for student support services and $9+ million for ancillary services. I could not find any details for either category.

April 11, 2013  09:12 AM ET
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Way-y-y-y-y up.

And way-y-y-y-y more truthful, to boot.

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April 11, 2013  09:32 AM ET
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Reason he doesnt want this is because Bob doesnt want schools like Kansas to have a level playing field..

You think paying players a little something above the table will level the playing field? Maybe a little, but overall, the haves will still be the haves, and the have nots will largely still be have nots.

April 11, 2013  09:35 AM ET

Stoops doesn't believe in paying players?!? NO WONDER TAMU kicked their arses last year.

I now see whey they are pre-season top 5, post season 15-20.......trying to do it the old-fashioned way

April 11, 2013  09:41 AM ET
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Stoops doesn't believe in paying players?!? NO WONDER TAMU kicked their arses last year. I now see whey they are pre-season top 5, post season 15-20.......trying to do it the old-fashioned way

According to the lore around here, the old fashioned OU way was a "promise a recruit they would buy him a liquor store that he could rob any time he wanted to...."

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April 11, 2013  09:46 AM ET
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Well they would also have to hire a good HC....

Kansas has a good head coach. Good at eating, not at coaching football, but good none the less.

April 11, 2013  09:54 AM ET
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Kansas has a good head coach. Good at eating, not at coaching football, but good none the less.

He has a schematic advantage at the training table.

April 11, 2013  09:55 AM ET
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Well they would also have to hire a good HC....

Hasn't that ALWAYS been the case? And still is?

April 11, 2013  09:56 AM ET
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Kansas has a good head coach. Good at eating, not at coaching football, but good none the less.

Let the Fat-Chucky-joke-hijack begin!

April 11, 2013  10:00 AM ET

Will we see D1 universities providing "true benefit"* statements for scholarship athletes? Making such public as a preemptive measure against the looming NCAA lawsuit?

*Total cost of all benefits provided.

April 11, 2013  10:01 AM ET
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Let the Fat-Chucky-joke-hijack begin!

I already did. See post 14. ;-)

April 11, 2013  10:03 AM ET
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According to the lore around here, the old fashioned OU way was a "promise a recruit they would buy him a liquor store that he could rob any time he wanted to...."

 
April 11, 2013  10:04 AM ET
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Will we see D1 universities providing "true benefit"* statements for scholarship athletes? Making such public as a preemptive measure against the looming NCAA lawsuit? *Total cost of all benefits provided.

If I were an AD, I'd have my staff preparing just such a report. If the NCAA has any sense at all, they will be asking their members to provide such info.

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