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.