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Cruel doesn’t begin to describe what Stan Kroenke has done to fans of the St. Louis Rams.
He didn’t only move the Rams back to LA this week. “On his way out he decided he had to torch the city, saying ‘Any NFL club who signs on to this proposal in St. Louis will be well on the road to financial ruin,'” a not-so-cheery recap from the fans recapped on MMQB. “This from a guy who proudly claims he was named after two amazing St. Louis baseball players. It was a completely classless act of revenge from a little man who profited greatly by being in St. Louis. He not only made himself look pitiful, he also made the NFL look like a heartless organization that only cares about money.”
St. Louis is now left with a stadium that isn’t yet paid off, the Edward Jones Dome, and no football team to play games there.
Nobody asked me, but to me, this presents the opportunity of a lifetime for the private, Jesuit Division I school in St. Louis.
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Start getting used to the term “full cost of attendance”, or, as many who are obsessed about college sports are calling it, “FCOA”.
In January, the eighty schools of the “Power 5” FBS football conferences voted 79-1 to allow its members to offer additional money above the cost of a scholarship – up to the “full cost of attendance” of the school.
It’s been legislation that the “Power 5” schools have wanted to enact for years, surviving an embarrassing legislative loss when the rest of the NCAA’s membership voted in 2011 against the original proposal crafted by NCAA president Mark Emmert and many members of the Power 5 leadership.
It led to the Power 5 asking for autonomy over the rest of the NCAA’s membership to all them to enact their own legislation for themselves, without a vote by the rest of the membership.
Now, as the Power 5 wanted all along, FCOA is here.
Sadly, it’s still every bit as complicated – and unbalancing – as the many critics of FCOA feared. And at the FCS level, it seems like the strategy is to simply hope and pray that nobody decides to implement it for their own athletic departments.