By: herve (9,159 posts) - 5/24/2015 7:00:35 AM

"In this region, Virginia and Maryland — both members of financially flush power conferences — are giving stipends to all scholarship athletes. Georgetown, George Washington and George Mason will give the stipends only to men’s and women’s basketball players."

"George Washington hasn’t finalized its stipend amount for next year, but Athletics Director Pat Nero thinks it will be about $3,000 per player, costing the school about $80,000 to $85,000."


By: notta hater (2,492 posts) - 5/24/2015 9:03:05 AM

"flush" juxtaposed to the fact that the schools are in the red in their programs is kind of ironic. I'd like to have a pilot program where the stipends are paid via a pool funded from the alums. 

By: GW Alum Abroad (2,456 posts) - 5/24/2015 9:32:51 AM

Notta-- Ohio St tried exactly that with its football team. U$C did the same (bringing non-alum boosters in to the mix, too). Something about a slippery slope.

Not happy that GW has chosen to not provide stipends to non-revenue sports, but i understand the economics of the decision.

By: herve (9,159 posts) - 5/24/2015 10:00:48 AM

Methinks this will be a short-term, failed experiment which will point to in 10 years and laugh. I mean what could possibly go wrong?!

By: notta hater (2,492 posts) - 5/24/2015 10:25:38 AM

it has not escaped me that the pilot has risks. I would like to track the giving for the pool and compare it to those alum who target giving to particular student need-based scholarships. I am still trying to grasp the "I'd give $500,000 to land a pg or QB but not one dime for the kid who is going to crack the code for cancer or some new economic model" mind-set.

By: herve (9,159 posts) - 5/24/2015 12:33:17 PM

It's all about immediate gratification which is almost all the big-revenue sports are about these days. There's no snap thrill from years in a lab or data analysis, but a kid who can rain '3s, run and throw for TDs that's not only immediate, you get that petty excitement at the minimum a few times each week for a few months out of the year. Plug-in-pay-and-play. Repeat. 


As a fairly new reader and poster of this esteemed board, its impossible to not detect an air of defeatism among some of the loyal and thoughtful writers. 1) Any highly successful coach will just .... 2) We can't ever land a legit top recruit 3)


Put down the pitchforks

Let me preface this by saying I know I'll probably get ripped for this and called a Hobbs sympathizer or whatever. The team has been frankly brutal so far this year and I'm not trying to defend either the coaching staff or the players for this. I und