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College Football Players Recieve Millions in Grants

An article published today by USA Today takes a look at what college football players in need of financial assistance are given annually. The article quotes a study by the Des Moines Register which found that athletes within the Big 12, Big Ten, and Southeastern conferences alone received, collectively, grants and assistance beyond scholarships for online degrees of $5 million. Some individual grants awarded throughout the 2010-2011 school year were larger than $5,000. find accredited collegeThis data is presented at a tumultuous time for campus school football, given the recent scandal in Ohio State that resulted in the expulsion of its coach and quarterback. How do the high profile scandals color the discussion of whether or not college athletes should be given as much money as they are? Sam Powell weighed in on the subject. Powell, who is currently the girls’ basketball coach for Des Moines East High School, received Pell Grants while playing basketball for Drake between 1989-1991. “I’ve always been a supporter in an athlete receiving something to make up for that (financial) gap between the cost of your college degree scholarship and what it costs you to get by on a daily basis,” Powell said. “The bottom line is that you have a lot of athletes playing big-time sports who are coming from disadvantaged circumstances. They need

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something to get by.”  


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