Speaking of the integrity of the SEC, McGarity’s pushing another proposal this week in Destin. While his head coach wants the COA dealt with in a way that puts all conference schools on a level playing field, McGarity isn’t trying to hit a home run right out of the gate. Instead, he’s attempting to reach a consensus on something practical.
So it’s no surprise that Georgia is leading the push for conference legislative proposals to ensure that schools are coming up with their numbers equitably to determine expenses beyond tuition, books, room and board and fees.
“Our proposals center around transparency,” athletic director Greg McGarity said. “The first step that we all need to understand is what are the components that make up the gap. Right now, no one knows what each school is doing. Our proposal is that we create transparency so that we can all understand this whole autonomy/cost of attendance issue better and some consistency on what can be provided in that cost of attendance.”
It’s one thing for there to be a fight over making COA spending equal (and don’t forget it’s a fight Slive has already said isn’t worth the effort). It’s another to make everyone show their cards.
“I’m sure there will be some lively discussions,” McGarity said. “I’m not so sure why anyone would not want to be transparent.”
He’s either being coy or naïve with that. You choose which.
There’s only one reason for a school not to share its formula, and it’s not because it hasn’t done the work. I dunno – maybe it’s a trade secret.