University of Florida

UF costs among lowest in SEC

When the new Cost of Attendance guidelines are factored into athletic scholarships, the University of Florida ranks ninth (of 14 teams) in the Southeastern Conference in highest average cost, according to a study by CBS Sports.

In a survey examining the costs of the additional money now allowed to athletes under NCAA rules, Florida budgeted roughly $1 million for new costs — and its highest average scholarship is worth $3,830.

In January, the five power conferences passed a rule allowing football scholarships to include the schools’ calculations for the full cost of attending college. These figures will continue to evolve, and it remains to be seen how the COA might affect recruiting.

Still, Florida’s stipend is significantly less than in-state rival Florida State’s highest average cost of a scholarship ($6,018). FIU’s average cost is $6,000. UM declined to provide its cost.

THIS & THAT

A pair of UF legends — Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Tim Tebow and Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Jack Youngblood — were named to the Football Writers Association of America’s 75th Anniversary All-American Team on Thursday. Tebow, who two national titles at UF, was selected as the team’s second QB, and Youngblood was honored as a third-team member. … CBS Sports pegged junior cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III as a first-team All-American in its preseason release. Hargreaves was a unanimous All-American in 2014 after tallying three interceptions and 16 passes defended.

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