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  05/20/22 - QB Aidan OConnellrSr/2023, Purdue

  In April, reported that 22 of the 130 FBS-level schools planned to provide academic bonus payments by the end of this academic year. Add Purdue, with returning starting quarterback Aiden O'Connell, to the growing list of athletic departments that will begin paying student-athletes for academic achievement. "We are working on a plan for that this fall," athletic director Mike Bobinski said Tuesday night during the Boilermakers on the Road event at Victory Field. If student-athletes reach certain academic benchmarks, the payments are capped at $5,980 per school year. What those benchmarks are at Purdue are still being finalized.

Last summer, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the Alston v. NCAA case that the organization's limits to athlete compensation for education-related costs are in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act. The ruling permits institutions to provide direct financial support to student-athletes while also allowing the NCAA to cap cash awards at $5,980. Schools have the option to provide benefits or bonuses but are not required to do it. In November, Mississippi and Texas were the first schools to begin distributing checks to athletes. According to, Mississippi will spend $2.48 million on more than 400 athletes. Oklahoma State will provide the financial benefit to all of its scholarship athletes who qualify this fall. OSU will use money from its fundraising group called POSSE. - Journal and Courier

rSr/2023 QB Aidan OConnellPurdue
News Source: Journal and Courier

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