COA, one year later

Remember when everyone was wailing about COA stipend madness?  The conference took action.

In May 2015, the SEC enacted legislation proposed by Kentucky and Georgia, which each had the lowest cost of attendance figures in the conference, that required each school to submit a report to the conference office illustrating “the value of the institution’s ‘other expenses related to cost of attendance’ for the upcoming academic year and describing the methodology for determining such value.”

And now?  Even Auburn’s yawning about it.

“I don’t think (cost of attendance had) much of an impact (on recruiting),” said Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, whose school has a $5,586 cost of attendance ranking among the highest in the country. “I know it was a big topic last year. You really don’t hear a whole lot about it this year.”

If this is true…

No SEC coach could cite a circumstance where a recruit was swayed by a difference in cost of attendance stipends between schools, which started paying out the stipends, in accordance with the Ed O’Bannon case, last August.

Even during the barrage of recruiting announcements on National Signing Day, not one time did cost of attendance get mentioned.

… Gus is understating things, because you’re not hearing anything about it.  Players getting paid and yet the Republic survives?  Color me shocked, shocked.

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4 responses to “COA, one year later

  1. Russ

    That’s because at Auburn, the COA is a small part of the total compensation package, and I don’t mean scholarships, room and board.

  2. W Cobb Dawg

    Of course McG has followed up with the conference office to make sure all sec schools have submitted their reports… Then again, I wouldn’t be surprised if he never bothered to prep our own report.

  3. Bulldog Joe

    “I don’t think (cost of attendance had) much of an impact (on recruiting)”

    Of course Gus is going to say this. He knows he keeps his big advantage in Georgia, especially with Georgia’s and Tech’s in-state numbers if he just stays quiet.