The Gophers Athletic Department announced Friday plans to provide student-athletes with financial support for academic achievement beginning this fall.
An NCAA rule change in August 2020, spurred by Federal Court rulings, now allows this compensation, which has been calculated up to $5,980 per year. An ESPN article on Wednesday said 22 of 130 FBS-level schools intended to make those payments this year, but did not include the U.
“I am pleased that the University of Minnesota is able to provide education-related financial support to our student-athletes,” Minnesota Athletic Director Mark Coyle said in a statement. “…We continue to look for ways to enhance the student-athlete experience and best prepare them for life during and after college. While we are still finalizing these plans in detail, we know that providing education-related financial support is another step in the process of supporting our student-athletes.
ESPN listed all 22 schools with plans in place for this year and only one Big Ten school was included: Wisconsin. Other members of this group were Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisiana State, Miami, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State. Mississippi, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Texas Tech and Washington.
ESPN’s story also said that 20 schools shared that they won’t be paying out the bonuses this school year, but plan to pay them in the future. Minnesota seems to have been placed in this group.
Minnesota had a 96% graduation rate (GSR), which required South Carolina to lead all public schools in the Power Five conference, according to a December 2021 report.
“Our student-athletes continue to excel at a high level on and off the court and have set recent records for GPA, Academic Progression Rate, Graduation Pass Rate, Academic All-Time Winners Big Ten, Big Ten Distinguished Scholars and All-American Scholars,” Coyle added in his statement.