Pay for (academic) play

This is tucked inside Chip Towers’ piece about Georgia’s next athletics budget (scheduled to increase about 8%, in case you’re wondering):

The Bulldogs are budgeting for an “academic achievement award” that will be provided to all student-athletes for successful progress toward a degree.

No details provided, so there’s no way to know if this is simply a straightforward cash award for maintaining academic eligibility or otherwise.  Still, it appears that, in some form or fashion, UGA will be following the lead of a number of other conference schools that are now providing education-related stipends, per Alston.

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14 responses to “Pay for (academic) play

  1. Down Island Way

    Kinda’ like it, sorta’ don’t like it…make it across the board (+/-) stipend (as long as zero point zero is avoided) don’t make higher achievers seem better than those of us in that meaty part of the curve, not showing off, but not falling behind…if a student athlete excels academically (while going through the grind of that sport), god bless ’em…GO DAWGS!

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    • stoopnagle

      I’m for this: if you’re making progress towards your degree, then that’s achievement particularly given the stressors on your time your athletics obligations put on you.

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  2. jcdawg83

    Will the university be paying regular students some sort of bonus for progressing towards a degree?

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    • stoopnagle

      LOL. Because they’re out their earning UGA millions in TV money how exactly? I don’t see anyone buying tickets to go watch some Real Estate majors give a group presentation on valuations. C’mon, man.

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      • Faltering Memory

        You would have loved our RE presentation. We had to describe a restaurant/bar building. Subject for our group-TK Hardy’s

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      • jcdawg83

        So the free tuition, room, meals, tutors, medical care, etc. counts for nothing? I guess I am confused. I always thought players were at the school as students and had to maintain academic standing to remain on the team. Will the university pay them for not committing crimes and showing up for practice next?

        Athletes are already compensated for playing their chosen sport by the school through receiving their scholarships. The term “scholarship” implies being a student and being a student assumes progressing towards a degree.

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  3. uga97

    BOGO. Pass 1 class, get 1 NIL deal free.

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  4. Son, did you go to class?

    I thought about it.

    Good enough, here’s $10k.

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  5. What’s not to love here? Parents will love it.

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  6. Hogbody Spradlin

    I’m sure Melissa Klink approves.

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