Pets, Car Repairs and Mom: How College Football Players Use Their Stipends (AB#2)


Giles, Ray…The New York Times , Jan (2017)

Ray Giler , a senior writer for The New York Times shares how college football players use their stipend checks. In this article Giler shows readers exactly how most college football players spend their monthly stipend checks; none of its on “junk” and its almost always never enough. The stipends, which are meant to cover costs not included in a traditional athletic scholarship, have been allowed since before last season. The move came after the Power 5 conferences, acting with the autonomy newly granted them by the N.C.A.A., voted to enlarge the grant-in-aid given to scholarship athletes to include the full cost of attendance. That figure is the more expansive measurement that every college already calculates, and it encompasses expenses like rent, cellphone bills and trips home. Giler has interviewed multiple players from Clemson University to The University Of Washington and has gotten their testimony on how they spend their checks , and this is concrete examples for people to look at. How the players use the stipend money is up to them. Before his car repair, Deon Cain used part of his to cover the $100 fee his younger brother needed to play football at his high school. Clemson Tigers right guard Tyrone Crowder said he decided to spend some of his on a pet but, unable to keep a cat or dog where he lives, he bought a fish tank instead. “Fish are relatively cheap,” he said. Fans interested in what goes on behind the scences of college football particualry with the players would find this article very intersting and Im pretty sure it would shock alot of readers.

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