“We’ve always said, ‘Hey, we’re about the students.’ And I really believe we have that intention,” Mississippi State Athletic Director Scott Stricklin told Sports Illustrated. “But I think there’s always this thing in the back of our minds that we’re going to do what’s best for the students as long as it doesn’t hurt our ability to be successful from a win-loss perspective. I think we’ve all got to break that habit. We’ve got to do what’s best for our students—period.”
Schools in the power conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pacific-12 and Southeastern), will be permitted to extend to athletes a cost-of-living stipend to cover things not paid by a scholarship, thanks to NCAA legislation passed at the urging of the bigger schools.
That windfall may range from $1,400 to nearly $6,000, depending on the school. Mississippi State’s stipend is expected to be fourth-highest after Tennessee ($5,666), Auburn ($5,586) and Louisville ($5,202).
The Mississippi State course is based on a course taught by talk-radio host Dave Ramsey that teaches listeners how to avoid debt and save for retirement.