• Will Cost of Attendance Stipends Widen Competitive Gap?

    by Mark Emmert October 2015

    A big-picture look at how all the money being generated by college sports is transforming the notion of "amateurism." And how is this forcing small-scale athletic departments like UMaine to keep up? ORONO -- Karlton Creech faced a dilemma this summer involving, naturally, money. Creech, in his second year as athletic director at the University of Maine, had the opportunity for the first time to hand out stipends on top of the scholarships being awarded to roughly 200 athletes on campus. The so-called "cost of attendance" checks are meant to cover everyday expenses that fall outside of what scholarships typically offer, and are available for the first time this year to the 350 universities that comprise Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, including Maine. The money isn't substantial at major universities, but at a maximum of $2,200 per scholarship athlete for Maine, would cost the school $440,000 if fully implemented. The funds would come from the university, not the NCAA, although that organization did dole out an additional $55,000 per Division I school with no strings attached.

  • Do College Sports Run Like a Business?

    by David Moon October 2015

    If you want to ignite the passion of anyone around Knoxville, mention UT athletics in any context. And it’s not just the legions of would-be athletic directors and football coaches who take it personally watching college students hit each other and sweat.

  • Wisconsin Bucks College Coaching Salary Trend

    by Erik Brady, Steve Berkowitz and Christopher Schnaars October 2015

    Wisconsin athletics director Barry Alvarez played football for Nebraska 50 years ago, when Tom Osborne was an assistant coach there. Saturday, Alvarez's Badgers will play Nebraska on Tom Osborne Field. As it happens, the ex-Wisconsin coach likes to tell a story about a conversation with the ex-Nebraska coach from a time when Osborne was the Cornhuskers AD. "He called and asked if I would share with him what I was paying my coaches, football and basketball," Alvarez says, leaning back in his office chair. "So I said, 'Sure,' and I told him. There was this long hesitation, and then Tom said, 'You and I got out a little too early.'" Alvarez lets loose a long laugh. His last full season coaching Wisconsin football was 2005. USA TODAY Sports began tracking top-tier coaches' salaries in 2006. The average compensation for head football coaches at 119 major colleges then was roughly $950,000. Today, at 128 Football Bowl Subdivision schools, it is up to just over $2 million.

  • VMI Won't Fund Full Cost of Attendance Scholarships

    by Mark Berman, October 2015

    The commissioner of the Southern Conference expects most of his league's members to fund the full cost of attendance for some of their athletes. But VMI will not be among them. The NCAA's five power conferences voted last winter to increase athletes' scholarships beyond tuition, books, and room and board to cover the full cost of attendance, such as living expenses, trips home and extra food. Some other leagues are following suit in varying degrees. The Southern Conference's 10 schools recently voted to permit members to fund the full cost of attendance, beginning with the 2016-17 school year.

  • Rec Dept. Wants Swim Programs to Pay for Themselves

    by Jane Ford-Stewart,, Muskego-New Berlin Now October 2015

    Parents who registered their children for fall New Berlin Recreation Department swimming lessons know that the fees shot up $18 or about 39 percent.

  • Sports Complex Gets $300K Addition for Maintenance Shop

    by Leann Eckroth Bismarck Tribune October 2015

    A maintenance shop will be added to the north side of a $22 million sports complex and baseball field project near the Tesoro Plant north of Interstate 94, according to the Mandan Park Board.

  • District Approves $4.4M Spending Plan

    by Frances Parrish September 2015

    Students can expect to see new computers in the media centers this school year, as part of the 1-cent sales tax project initiative approved by voters in November. The expenditure plan was unanimously approved by the Williamston-based Anderson School District 1 board of trustees Tuesday night.

  • Athletics Compensation Plan Shift Could Cost $1M

    by Bruce Pascoe, Arizona Daily Star September 2015

    When the Arizona Board of Regents voted to approve a multimillion-dollar retention plan for UA's three highest-profile athletic department employees in June 2014, it was at no cost of their own.

  • Public Mulls $74M County Schools Building Referendum

    by Jamie Duffy The Journal Gazette September 2015

    The bleachers at the Heritage High School football stadium barely pass inspection, and the bathrooms are awful. That's what school officials and participants learned at the first community meeting ...

  • Cost of Sabres' HarborCenter Grows by 22 Percent

    by The Buffalo News September 2015

    The final price tag of the HarborCenter complex - the entertainment and lodging destination at Canalside - will run between $200 million and $210 million. That is nearly $40 million - or 22 percent - more than the original projection of $172.2 million, cited when the project was announced more than two years ago. Buffalo Sabres officials attribute the increase to significant design upgrades along the way, weather delays and added labor costs. The final tally makes HarborCenter one of the most expensive projects ever in Buffalo, its price tag surpassed only by the development at Riverbend and a pair of projects on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. And all three of those are public projects, while HarborCenter is primarily a private-sector initiative.