Warriors expected to receive COA stipends

UH is among eight MWC football programs that will offer cost-of-attendance stipends, league officials confirmed.

Cost of attendance is the amount needed to cover expenses above a full scholarship’s coverage of tuition, room, board, books and mandatory fees.

COA is based on a federal index in each school’s area. MWC officials said the league’s average COA is $3,813. At UH, athletic director David Matlin has been quoted at estimating an average fully funded COA stipend at a little more than $4,000 a year.

Air Force already offers stipends as part of its arrangement with student-athletes. UNLV and New Mexico will give COA stipends to their basketball teams. Nevada is looking into offering stipends next year.

UH is a football-only member of the MWC. Its other sports are in the Big West and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.


  1. ai-eee-soos July 29, 2015 9:45 am

    COA …. nice

  2. A-House July 29, 2015 9:53 am

    COLA stipends are only for scholarship players including “red-shirts”? what about transfers sitting out a year?

    instead of “stipends” how about setting up a season only meal plan? what’s the cost differential?

  3. A-House July 29, 2015 10:05 am

    got my tickets yesterday!

    neva hoppen lik dis bee4 – UHAD turning ova nu leaf?

  4. Inyoface July 29, 2015 10:16 am

    Idaho St. are the Bengals not the Vandals.

  5. Stephen Tsai July 29, 2015 10:47 am

    Players already get meal plans.

  6. Stephen Tsai July 29, 2015 10:47 am

    Yikes. You’re right. Thanks.

  7. jm2375 July 29, 2015 11:01 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Oh, blogmeister, could you please explain to dis clueless wahine how da COA will work for the non-headcount scholarship sports, like MVB? Arigatos

  8. jimmy the lock July 29, 2015 11:32 am

    Will COA be extended to the other UH sport programs?

  9. A-House July 29, 2015 11:48 am


    good point! those sports who have to “split” scholarships are quite different than football or baseball – is basketball like football?

    next step is: will this open the school/NCAA to a discrimination law suit if only selected sports can receive the COA?

    will this push the NCAA to allow more scholarships so every student athlete receives one?

    how will this eventually affect the Power5 conferences?

  10. Da Punchbowl Kid July 29, 2015 2:20 pm

    Top Ten! 😆

    COA stipends are good, but one can’t help wondering how they will play out in the long run. Happy to see our Warriors getting love in any way shape or form.

  11. jm2375 July 29, 2015 2:20 pm

    Mr. A-house – #9, the non-head count scholarship sports include softball, baseball, men’s volleyball. Not sure about the others, like golf, swimming & track. Basketball is a full scholarship sport.

  12. Fei Jai July 29, 2015 4:07 pm

    Haka. I’m wit you on dat and I’ll drink to dat. Gotta go get some poke now.

  13. ran July 29, 2015 4:51 pm

    When are Clarke and Wittek coming back to Hawaii?

  14. Joebows July 29, 2015 5:43 pm

    Did UH go back to the black uniforms or were the new ones not ready for media days? I hope it looks different. I can’t stand not seeing the numbers clearly.

  15. Hodad July 29, 2015 5:49 pm

    South Carolina has already started giving football players $200+ every two weeks. Not sure of other sports.

  16. A-House July 29, 2015 6:48 pm

    perhaps some sports writer can provide the public with a detail description of the COA, what it covers and/or does not cover, etc.

    Power5 schools can sneeze at the COA amount as they get millions from their TV contracts – others will have to squeeze by

    MWC school personnel can say, ” a deal is a deal” and it, IMHO, shows how small they are and want to get free trips to Hawaii every other year or so – altho leadership has changed, they will continue to “rip off” HAWAII with no regard to the betterment of the conference – only their pocket book!!!!!!!

    and, the article goes on to say that a certain “somebody” from UH approved of the “deal” – that can only mean Rockne or Greenwood or both.

  17. H-Man July 29, 2015 7:23 pm

    With the WAC falling apart (2012-13), Hawaii was between a rock and a hard place and took the offer. The MWC had the upper hand and played it to their advantage. And Hawaii remains in a tenuous position as an affiliate member. There are other schools on the horizon such as UC Davis that could replace Hawaii in the future.

  18. oneseason July 29, 2015 7:30 pm

    Got my season tickets. Now just need a win against Colorado. At $150,000 – $175,000 travel subsidy cost per conference home game, and 4 home games, that is somewhere between $600K and $700K per season … not chump change, but not a big deal if UH was regularly thrashing Boise St, Fresno St, San Diego St, … at home in front of 50 thousand Rainbow Warrior fans.

  19. Maddog50 July 30, 2015 2:49 am

    4 full days before the start of camp. Gonna be either a busy day at the airport for the remaining players or we will finally find out about those who may not have made it over. Hoping for the best-Go Warriors!

  20. Tempmanoa July 30, 2015 3:18 am

    COA Stipends were really meant for the P5 conferences who had huge TV money payouts to share with the players. The non-P5 schools do not have extra TV money to share with players and many will not be able to afford it over the long haul. There is not rule requiring COA stipends– lot of teams are simply throwing together money to do it now until they can find a long term solution. Legislatures and regents have rejected it at some schools– Nevada is one school which failed to get legislative approval. This causes problems with non-athletes who today at UH are being required to return COA stipends or forgo part of their scholarships. Lawyers have opined that Title IX is also an issue depending on how the COA’s are offered.

  21. Stephen Tsai July 30, 2015 4:18 am

    New post: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=32249

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