Cash for grades!

Georgia’s athletes are now getting that sweet Alston money.

That’s about $3 million a year that’ll never make it to the reserve fund.  Somewhere, Greg McGarity is wincing right now.

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18 responses to “Cash for grades!

  1. Granthams Replacement

    Greg is the single worst person that affected University of Georgia athletics. He’s surpassed Jan Kemp. Look at all his hires (He did NOT hire Kirby, he was told what to do with that hire) and withholding resources from every sport. He kept Fox too long then hired Crean. He fired Perno who made it to 3 World Series to hire Strickland so UGA baseball could be below 500 in SEC play. The gymnastics program is mediocre she’ll of what it was. He won’t let Richt have anything while other SEC schools had legions of analysts and much much better facilities. Fuck Greg and the mule he rode in on from UF.

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  2. The allocation of the “Alston” funds was a conference decision. And the SEC allocating those funds to go directly to the athletes is smart. Not all conferences are managing the funds the same way, and as a result the SEC athletes getting the funds directly is a boon for them paying their COA…I’m glad my kid is a recipient…(not football or basketball)

    It was a deciding factor between a few schools in the SEC, Pac12, and Big10 for us last fall as we weighed offers.

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    • siskey

      Does your kid have to be on scholarship to receive the $ or just an athlete that has the grades?

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      • She doesn’t start until this fall…the way the head coach explained it to me as it was offered in conjunction with her athletic scholarship & academic scholarship to reduce tuition and cost of living. I think if an athlete had a full ride, say for Hope in GA, I would think they’d pay the athlete the funds directly provided they had the grades…but with Hope I think you have to maintain a higher gpa anyway. We’re no longer in GA and there is no Hope (literally) where we are…so thankfully she’s a good enough student and swimmer to garner scholarships to a rival SEC school (Mizzou)

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        • siskey

          I will be rooting on young Ms. Frozendawg as she competes!

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          • Man, I played HS football way back when Eric Zeier was QB at Marietta and I was at a rival Cobb HS, but didn’t have the chops then or now for that matter to be a D1 athlete. The amount of work these kids put in these days is impressive…I was lazy as shit back then and tried like hell to get out of practice…these kids today do some form of practice or training 6 days a week

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  3. uga97

    Lets see, more $$ approved for being a more studious Student Athlete, who can leverage their Name Image & Likeness $$, carrying full scholarship, Cost of Attendance, Health Care, Books, Room Board, Tutors, & the Annual Cost of Living $$ Stipend. Kids can now transfer to any school and play immediately without being blocked by a coach for going to an in-conference school. Are we there yet?

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  4. biggity ben

    I played club water polo at UGA. I want my retro active pay plus interest. Thanksssssssss

    In all seriousness, why are we paying people for doing what they are supposed to be doing at school? It’s like the old Chris Rock skit. “I take care of my kids!….That’s what you supposed to do dummy! You want a fuckin cookie?” Should we also pay them for not emerging from an alley and carrying a valid driver’s license? (full transparency, I’ve heard about pay for grades, but know none of the details)

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    • jcdawg83

      I think it is total bullshit to pay “student” athletes for passing their classes. Why don’t regular students get paid for passing classes? Don’t tell me it is because regular students “don’t bring in millions of dollars to the university”, only about 100 of the 600 or so student athletes can lay claim to bringing in any money at all. The other 500 are costing the university money by being there and the university paying for their sports to exist. The regular students are all paying money to the university. The UGAAA pays the university $4.5 million a year, regular students pay more than $450 million to the university every year in tuition alone. On the whole, the university is losing far more than the $4.5 million the UGAAA pays them every year on sports. If anyone is going to be paid for doing what they are there to do in the first place, it should be the students who are actually paying to be there.

      I agree, what is next? Athletes get paid for not being arrested in a given year, for not raping anyone, for not beating up a girlfriend, for not stealing money by cashing checks twice, for having a valid drivers license?

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      • Derek

        So nothing for the extra 30 to 40 hours extra work the scholarship athletes put in per week?

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        • biggity ben

          I mean it’s not a job. Are we compensating the grad assistants for good grades for all the extra work they put in? Trainers? But also they are getting a cost of living stipend that the students are not getting (unless I’m wrong). They are getting free healthcare, free nutrition counseling, etc. I mean if the argument is they should get more for the extra time, perhaps, but to give them money for the stuff they are ‘technically’ there to do it absurd.

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          • By Gawd, you’re right!

            Somebody ought to file a suit to stop it. Oh, wait…

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            • biggity ben

              Snark aside, isn’t that what he scholarship portion is for? If you don’t make good grades you don’t get to play football or stay in school. I realize that the big debate has been that the athletes deserve more (and rightly so), but giving them cash for grades seems out of scope for that. (but I’m not a lawyer, just playing one on the internet).

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              • Nobody is making UGA or any other school do so. All Alston did was prohibit the NCAA from blocking it en masse.

                If you’re offended, send Josh Brooks an email.

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                • biggity ben

                  Not sure what you aim to accomplish by snarking back at me up and down the comments. I’m just commenting on a message board which is what I thought we were doing here. But since you mentioned it, were I a regular student, I might be pissed. I’m just a schmuck alumni. I’m commenting more about the fact that it’s absurd…because it is. But please tell me more about how I should send emails to an AD or file a lawsuit.

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                • My last comment wasn’t snarky. Georgia is voluntarily making these payments. If you don’t like it, you should complain about it to the school.

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        • jcdawg83

          Yeah, that scholarship is worth nothing. The NIL money is for just being a college student, no need to put in any work to make yourself marketable. That cost of attendance money is available to all students anyway, right?

          Paying student athletes to pass classes, the same classes they have to pass to remain student athletes is complete bullshit. Why should they be rewarded for doing exactly the same thing all students have to do to remain enrolled in college?

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