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Alabama Coach Concerned About Colleges Manipulating Cost-of-Attendance Figures

By Bryan Toporek — May 21, 2015 1 min read
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University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban is concerned about some schools reworking their cost-of-attendance figures to get a leg up in recruiting student-athletes, according to Matt Zenitz of

During a meeting with reporters last week, Saban—who was in favor of the NCAA’s new scholarship rules allowing schools to cover students’ expenses up to the cost of attendance—suggested some may take advantage of the new policy in a wholly unintended way.

“To do it the way we did it is going to be a nightmare,” Saban said. “We’ve spent 100 years in the NCAA trying to make everything equal—so no extra benefits, nobody could get something that somebody else couldn’t get. Alright, now you leave it up to the institution, and I think some people have manipulated their numbers because they’ve significantly changed from last year to this year, and that’s not the spirit of the rule.

“Everybody has historically from an academic standpoint tried to keep the cost of attendance down. It’s a benefit to the students. It’s a benefit to their scholarships. Now all of a sudden it’s going to be different, and I don’t think that’s good.”

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.