2020-21 Season Outlook

Cyniclone

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Some high school seniors this year had scholarships pulled for the upcoming year due to extending eligibility. Really stinks for them. I think if a current athlete misses a season then so be it. Unfortunate, but they still have a scholarship, access to facilitates as so on. Everything moves on.
That's going to be tougher to defend if the player loses a season of eligibility for something completely out of his control (even more so than a torn ACL, which usually rates an extra year even if they've burned their redshirt). The players are willing to play, the can't, and they lose a season of the few they're given. Especially so if the NCAA shuts down sports and there's not even a possibility of playing else where.
 

Ramdog

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If you are going to skip a year at least it is one that has VCU picked 10th behind the likes of ur, Mason, Duquesne ...
 
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That's going to be tougher to defend if the player loses a season of eligibility for something completely out of his control (even more so than a torn ACL, which usually rates an extra year even if they've burned their redshirt). The players are willing to play, the can't, and they lose a season of the few they're given. Especially so if the NCAA shuts down sports and there's not even a possibility of playing else where.
Losing eligibility to play A year is less damaging than a ripple effect with future classes. They still get to go to school and work out.
What if a vaccine is not available for a couple of years and multiple seasons are compromised? Do you just extend eligibility How ever many seasons until play resumes? Not practical. If this was the situation with basketball as it was for spring sports (and our seniors were worth having again) which Incoming freshman do you pull the plug on? It all sucks, but do you just delay everything? Granting extra eligibility is putting others out, maybe in some cases permanently.
 

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Kids still get a quality education, perhaps with a year of less distraction. As for missing a year, maybe the NCAA could increase the number of players per team for each sport, but where would we get funding for those extra scholarships.
 

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Kids still get a quality education, perhaps with a year of less distraction. As for missing a year, maybe the NCAA could increase the number of players per team for each sport, but where would we get funding for those extra scholarships.
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MarylandRamFan

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I miss the days when I could go to any web site about college basketball and there would be some positive reference to VCU basketball.
Now, we're not even worthy of a footnote. Sad.
 
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Violet Ram

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Kids still get a quality education, perhaps with a year of less distraction. As for missing a year, maybe the NCAA could increase the number of players per team for each sport, but where would we get funding for those extra scholarships.
An additional scholarship or two does nothing to the bottom line. The most expensive part of it is the board, which still likely only costs the school 2 grand.
 
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An additional scholarship or two does nothing to the bottom line. The most expensive part of it is the board, which still likely only costs the school 2 grand.
You also have to add in the unlimited meal plans, increase in pay to tutors, health coverage for the athletes (although this is a bit dicey), cost for a title IX scholarship, and opportunity costs of that spot in classes which could be filled with a paying student. For each athletic scholarship, there is a $14-35k student being turned away.
 

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You also have to add in the unlimited meal plans, increase in pay to tutors, health coverage for the athletes (although this is a bit dicey), cost for a title IX scholarship, and opportunity costs of that spot in classes which could be filled with a paying student. For each athletic scholarship, there is a $14-35k student being turned away.
Right, so the meal plan is what I was saying is the driving cost. The rest of your list may amount to nothing. Housing, class sizes, tutors, health insurance, etc. are likely de minimis because of economies of scale.

There's no opportunity cost to fill a class with a paying student; VCU does not go out and offer another student a spot if the basketball team has an open spot for the year. VCU makes a certain amount of offers based on expected matriculation; their target for the student body is likely rounded to a 100th or a 1,000th, and a number of student athletes one way or another will not affect their admissions. Even smaller schools are similarly situation, though their margin of tolerance may be slightly lower.
 
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An additional scholarship or two does nothing to the bottom line. The most expensive part of it is the board, which still likely only costs the school 2 grand.
VCU Athletics pays $35k from its budget for an out of state athlete on scholarship for tuition and fees (not a lot of our players are in state residents
$11k for room and board annually is a good estimate (pretty much 50-50 breakdown)
then University fees/ books etc
additional scholarships usually cost $50-60K annually all-in