Virginia Tech AD: Players won't be fined cost-of-attendance funds

Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster said Wednesday that Hokies coaches will explore the possibility of fining players by taking money from their cost-of-attendance stipends. 
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Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock told the Associated Press on Wednesday night that football players won’t be fined by having money taken from their cost-of-attendance stipends.

Earlier Wednesday, Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster said that coaches would explore the possibility of fining players in such a fashion, according to Norm Wood of The Daily Press.

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A Virginia Tech spokesman offered a clarification to ESPN’s David Hale: 

After the comments created controversy on social media, Babcock told the Associated Press in a text that the potential use of such fines “will be stopped immediately.”

The NCAA’s Power 5 schools voted in January to allow schools to offer scholarships that cover the full cost of attendance, awarding stipends to cover things such as transportation. The exact value of the stipend is dictated by federal financial aid guidelines, but is expected to average about $3,000. 

Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin said in June that the school will require student athletes to take financial education classes in order to receive the stipends. 

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