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UNLV to provide cost of attendance to football, basketball others to wait

UNLV may not be able to provide full funding to all athletic programs next year. They have to be able to compete with all the other schools.

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So we have all heard about the whole thing about playing players in college athletics through cost of attendance stipends. The problem is some programs will have trouble with recruiting because of it if they are not able to provide the cost of attendance or significantly less compared to other schools.

UNLV has decided to try a different way to compete.

Starting the 2015-16 athletic season some sports will not be guaranteed the full amount of the cost of attendance. Football, men's and women's basketball will receiver the full amount, but other sports will get a smaller share of the stipend at first.

"Maybe it's not full cost of attendance. Maybe we divide up the money that we have and figure out how to do it," athletic directory Tina Kunzer-Murphy told the Las Vegas Sun. "We absolutely know we're going to do it. How we're going to do it? We're working on that."

Those programs are set to get the full cost of attendance starting on Aug. 1, but as of now Kunzer-Murphy does not know where the money will come from.

"We've got a lot of work to do this summer," she said.

The Power 5 conferences of course have no problem with this given they have one hundred thousand fans at every game. Some coaches believe in this conference the cost can be recovered by selling out and raising ticket costs. UNLV will attack it by all angles.

In order to compete at the generating sports that means the Olympic sports will go with less.

"It remains to be seen if a student-athlete is going to choose by virtue of that but it becomes a competitive edge and at UNLV we want to be competitive," said Tina Kunzer-Murphy said. "We've got to find a way to do it."

Cost of attendance should be limited so that all programs can compete on an equal level. Paying a student athlete $1,400 to $5,650 more per year is way too much. Some athlete should be happy just getting their education for free.