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College Sports, Division I, Education

NCAA President Supports Providing Conferences Discretion to Increase Athletics Aid Limits

NCAA President Mark Emmert, according to an ESPN.com report, announced “he supports a proposal to allow conferences to increase grants to student athletes by $2,000 ‘to more closely approach’ the full cost of attending college, beyond the athletic scholarships athletes receive for tuition, fees, room, board and books.” The NCAA president’s statement came during Emmert’s presentation to the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics on Monday (October 24, 2011). Emmert informed the Knight Commission the athletics aid proposal will be finalized this week. Thereafter, Emmert pledged to ask the NCAA Division I Board of Directors to support the proposal. According to ESPN.com, Emmert based his support on the fact “student athletes have limited opportunities to work outside the classroom and playing fields, and that the current model of athletic scholarship hasn’t changed for 40 years”. Emmert also stated he will request the board of directors to permit institutions to provide multi-year athletics grants-in-aid (instead of one-year scholarships).

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