When it comes to the disparity in COA numbers, it seems that Greg McGarity and Jay Jacobs are of one mind – it’s a recruiting advantage.
“I think we all agree in the conference it’s an issue,” Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity told AL.com. “It does make a difference to some individuals; to some young men and some young women. I would hope the majority of the conference would love to see some consistency in those numbers.”
Tennessee ($5,666) and Auburn ($5,586) offer the most money for full cost-of-attendance not only in the SEC, but in the entire country. Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs has no problems with his school’s high figure. In fact, he told USA Today in February he thinks the high number should be helpful in recruiting.
“At Auburn, we are going to have the best student-athlete experience in the nation,” Jacobs told AL.com. “We are going to do whatever we can within the rules to provide the best for our student-athletes.”
McGarity is at least honest enough to admit (1) if he was “at the high end, I might not be as concerned with it”; and (2) it’s not possible to have one number across the board in the conference. So, what’s the end game with pushing for transparency, as Georgia intends to do this week in Destin? In the end, that’s up to the lawyers.
“But what I think we are trying to do is find some legal way that is within the law where we can solve a problem that was probably an unintended consequence from this vast discrepancy you are seeing.”
There’s a lot of loaded stuff in that sentence. But if he thinks shame alone is going to work… well, that would be an SEC first.