LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva applauded the new stricter academic requirements adopted Thursday by the NCAA, but said the newly adopted proposal to give student-athletes up to $2,000 per year in additional aid will have little effect of curbing off-the-field issues in college athletics.
“I think the intent is nice that you give kids spending money,” Alleva said. “But the money is not going to change the culture of some sports of cheating and street agents and runners.”
Alleva said the additional aid will “really change the landscape of things” between schools that can afford to give additional funds to student-athletes and those who can’t.
“In the (Southeastern Conference) we’ll be able to do it, but some won’t,” said Alleva, who began his five-year term on the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Committee in September. “It will impact their ability to compete in all sports.”
Alleva estimated that the additional aid, which he assumes will have to go to all of LSU’s 300-plus student-athletes, will cost the school an additional $600,000 per year.
LSU’s projected athletic budget for 2011-12 is $90.6 million. Meanwhile Southern, which does have fewer student-athletes, had a budget for 2010-11 of roughly $6.3 million.
Attempts to reach Southern interim athletic director Sandy Pugh for comment were unsuccessful.
The NCAA also adopted a proposal to raise the APR (Academic Progress Rate) benchmark for postseason competition by 2014-15 to 930 over a four-year period and 940 over a two-year period. Some special allowances will be made for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) like Southern and Grambling.
“Raising the APR will raise the emphasis on academics and the type of kids recruited,” Alleva said. “I think the NCAA is trying to put some teeth into what it’s doing and more ?student’ in the term ?student-athlete.’”