Long before stipends, college coaches found ways to punish players by withholding perks

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These days those wallets are fuller than ever before, thanks to new NCAA rules which increase the value of an athletic scholarship by several thousand dollars to include a stipend for additional cost-of-attendance expenses. That does not mean coaches can start fining players for misdeeds like they do in the pros.

“All that’s covered (in cost of attendance) is the costs that the school says is needed to survive on campus,” said Ramogi Huma, executive director of National College Players Association, a student-athlete advocacy group. “This is not excess money.”

Not only could fining players be an NCAA violation, but it also makes college sports look like professional sports at a time when college leaders are trying to make the case that amateurism needs to be preserved.