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Video: Warwick describes benefits beyond scholarship, FSU’s roster management

This video is truly a must watch for FSU fans looking for a transparent look inside Florida State football. 

Chief of Staff Bruce Warwick goes granular to explain the term “roster management,” provides information on Name, Image and Likeness, and the most insightful explanation of “cost of attendance” I’ve heard yet, including how much “spending money” the basic football scholarship provides each player. 

Over the past coupl of years, the NCAA made changes that allows the school to provide a student-athlete with $10,000 of “spending money” if they are an out-of-state player ($8,500 if an in-state player) in addition to their scholarship costs. The legislation also allows the school to provide unlimited snacks, which include fresh fruit, light meals and smoothies in the locker room, weight room, and less healthy fun snacks they can load their backpack with in a convenience-like store outside the training room. Warrick said the cost of these “snacks” is approximately $3,500 per student-athlete per year. 

Those players whose family has financial need are eligible to receive an additional Federally funded Pell Grant of $8,000 per year, which is tax-free money in their pocket.

“You start adding all of that up and it’s not so bad being a college student-athlete today,” Warwick said to a round of laughter.

We added it up. If the in-state student-athlete does not qualify for the Pell Grant they will receive $8,500 in cash — or about $163.50 each week — for spending money, in addition to the cost of room, board, tuition, fees and books and free snacks.  

If the in-state student’s family qualifies for Pell Grant, he will receive the additional $8000 which adds up to $16,500 for an in-state student and $18,000 for an out-of-state student. Divide that by 52 weeks and it’s $317.31 of weekly spending money for an in-state player and $346.15 per week for an out-of-state student-athlete.

But wait, there’s more!

“The Supreme Court said that players could benefit from Name, Image and Likeness,” Warwick said. “On top of that they determined any college student-athlete could receive up to $6,000 in additional “academic benefits”, which is very loosely defined … Some schools in the SEC have defined that as cash.”

That additional $6,000 “academic” benefit is available to any student-athlete, so the minimum a player can receive is $14,500 in disposable income and as much as $24,000 (if they qualify for Pell grant) annually. That’s $278 to $450 of weekly cash.

Warwick spent 17 years in the NFL and 11 years in college football before coming to Florida State. “When we got here in 2020 there were 57 players on scholarship and 24 are no longer here, so this past year 77 percent of our roster was made up of freshmen, redshirt freshmen and sophomores,” Warwick explained of why FSU continues to add older, experienced players to the roster through the portal. “We had 10 super seniors (sixth-year players), and seven of them were transfers, where Wake Forest had upwards of 22 players who were playing their sixth year (at Wake). So we are trying to balance our roster with experience.”