Full cost of attendance scholarships go into effect this school year, meaning that power conference athletes will have an extra chunk of change, anywhere from about $2,000 to $5,000. NC State is doling out a smidge over $2,700 to players. The players are understandably excited about this long-time-coming concession. Mike Rose is planning increase his grocery budget:
"I'm going to eat some more," Rose said. "I am going to get me some more food."
The NCAA had already made a move to lessen restrictions on how much food a school can provide an athlete, which was a good step but not enough. ... By the way, if you step back and read that sentence, how crazy does it sound to you? This is college sports, where the number of meals provided people is a regulatory issue! Oklahoma once self-reported that it had given players an amount of pasta that it assumed was against NCAA rules. It wasn't, but who could blame them for thinking that way?
I'm excited for Mike Rose and other athletes around the country who don't have to worry about that crap anymore, and who have a few extra bucks in their wallets. You go get that Cook Out tray, Mike, you go get it and you splurge on milkshakes and you enjoy the hell out of it.