Cunningham updated the Faculty Athletics Committee on important litigation and changes to the governance of college athletics in the committee’s first meeting of the academic year.
The NCAA is appealing the O’Bannon v. NCAA lawsuit in which U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled that the monetary amount of scholarships cannot be capped below the full cost of attendance.
The full cost of attendance includes room and board, tuition, books, food, supplies and transportation. Cunningham said the value of a full in-state scholarship would increase by $4,382 and a full out-of-state scholarship would increase by $6,118 if the school covers the full costs of attendance.
“My concern is that we’re going to spend more money on fewer kids,” Cunningham said.
Wilken also ruled that the NCAA cannot cap pay for individual football and men’s basketball student-athletes at less than $5,000 for the use of their name, image or likeness. Each athlete on these teams must be paid equally under the ruling and the money would go into a fund that could only be accessed once the athlete left school, Cunningham said.