Virginia Tech Fines Their Amateur Football Players for Just About Everything (Pic)
Earlier this week, reporters covering Virginia Tech football noticed something a little unusual on a TV monitor outside the players lounge at the team facility in Blacksburg—namely, a list of finable offenses. So the reporters asked Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster about it, and Bud was like, oh yeah, we totally set up a hierarchy of fines.
“We’re going to look at doing that,” Foster explained. “Some people got in trouble for getting up and punishing people at 6am in the morning. You need some discipline, and I think that’s one way you can potentially do that.”
Where would this money come from, reporters asked? From the new “cost-of-attendence” stipends the players will get after the NCAA voted to redefine “athletic scholarships” to include not only the cost of tuition, room, board, and books, but also other “incidental expenses.” In the case of Virginia Tech, cost-of-attendence stipends will be $3,280 for in-state players and $3,620 for out-of-state players—so, you know, just barely enough to own a car.
Here’s a complete list of the fines, courtesy of the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Note that wearing the wrong color socks once is apparently $10 worse than skipping a class for an entire week and $85 worse than being so disruptive in class that the professor reports you to the team.
Obviously, these fines are complete bullshit. Yes, you need to teach young men to take responsibility for their actions, and that life has consequences. All that good stuff. But these are supposed to be amateur athletes. Assuming the school year is about 32 weeks long, those cost-of-attendence stipends work out to about $115 per school week. That’s not a lot of money. There are other ways to teaching young men about responsibility and “the real world” than taking away the tiny little bit of money they have.
It’s hardly surprising, then, that Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock has put an end to all this.
“I had no idea of any of it,” Babcock said in a statement on Wednesday. “Have addressed and will further. It has been discontinued 100 percent. … I don’t know of any past practice, and I didn’t know about this today, either. Again, has been addressed and will be further. All of it discontinued immediately.”
Good idea, Whit.
Hat Tip – [Richmond Times-Dispatch]