Report: Former Gophers football player becomes latest to sue NCAA
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Former University of Minnesota football player Kendall Gregory-McGhee is suing the NCAA and five major conferences over capping scholarships below the actual cost of attendance listed by universities, per a AL.com report.
Gregory-McGhee was a scholarship athlete with the Gophers from 2009-2012 and earned his bachelor's degree in English before transferring to the University of Northern Colorado last season. He appeared in just 23 games as a defensive end in three injury-marred seasons and a redshirt year in Minnesota.
Gregory-McGhee, along with similar suits filed by former West Virginia running back Shawne Alston, challenges the NCAA's value of an athletic scholarship, claiming the NCAA, SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 and Big 12 violate an anti-trust law by capping the aid of an athletic scholarship below the actual cost of attendance listed by individual universities.
While the University of Minnesota lists athletic scholarship aid is to be applied to tuition, books/supplies and room/board, it's assumed that a 2013-14 scholarship falls short of the University's own estimated $25,124 cost of attendance for the 2013-14 academic year, otherwise any suit wouldn't have a leg to stand on for a former Gophers athlete.
The University of Minnesota estimates a combined $2,194 in costs for "transportation" and "personal/miscellaneous," categories that aren't listed as aid applied through an athletic scholarship.
In 2011, the NCAA Board of Directors passed a $2,000 cost-of-attendance stipend, which was eventually overturned by NCAA membership.
Per AL.com, the suit was filed in a federal court in northern California because the state hosted the 2014 NCAA Convention, where cost of attendance was discussed.
The NCAA recently voted to allow unlimited food for all student-athletes.