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Drew Ellis covers Oakland University basketball for The Oakland Press. His news and notes keep you up to date with Golden Grizzlies men's basketball.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Scholarship stipend might leave some conferences at a disadvantage, Kampe says

Last week, the NCAA decided to allow schools to give students an additional $2,000 in scholarship money to account for the "true cost of attendance" in an attempt to appease the "pay student-athletes" movement. Conferences will be able to opt-in to begin allocated the additional funds.
Oakland coach Greg Kampe said that could put smaller conferences, such as the Summit League, at a disadvantage in recruiting.
"It's a big deal," he said. "If you're being recruited and one school can give you $2,000 and the other can't, where are you going to go?
"It's the new wave of where things are going. I'm old. I've been around a long time and I've seen a lot of things come and go. This could last a few years and it could be gone, too. We'll see how it goes. Hopefully our league will be proactive about it."

CNBC's Darren Rovell, host of "Sports Biz" on Versus, said it will be "harder than you think for middle of the road schools" to offer the additional funds in an ESPN interview.
The Argus Leader reports individual schools would have the right to decide to offer the stipend if the Summit League were to approve it and could even decide which sports are eligible and for what amount.
Additionally, the NCAA has also loosened recruiting restrictions, such as contact with recruits like allowing unlimited texting. 
It's a new day in college recruiting and it will be worth watching how it affects Oakland.
UPDATE: The Horizon League, a fellow mid-major conference home to such programs as Valparaiso, Butler and Detroit, announced Monday it will be adopting the "cost of living" increase for men's and women's basketball. 


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