In the NFL, it is not uncommon to see players getting fined a certain amount of money as punishment for different violations of policies or extreme penalties on the field. College just began giving their athletes different sums of “cost-of-attendance” stipends and one Power Five Conference team is already looking into a whole new kind of disciplinary measure.
According to Norm Wood of the Daily Press in Newport, Virginia, the Virginia Tech Hokies are considering fining their football players of those stipends as a punishment for team violations. Hokies’ defensive coordinator Bud Foster said that the team is already seeing how they could go about doing this for future seasons.
#Hokies DC Bud Foster said coaching staff will explore fining players money from cost-of-attendance funds as future disciplinary measure.
— Norm Wood (@normwood) August 26, 2015
This would be a great idea in my mind. The most any athlete can receive is just over $5,500 per semester, given a month-by-month basis. Fining the players would probably be seen as a radical punishment at first, but it would not only teach the players responsibility, but it would make them realize that they should be more conscious about their decisions.
As long as the money goes back into the program or school in some way, I don’t see a problem with this.
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