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Georgia State is giving away $10,000 in cash drop

Raining Money

Because someone with decision-making power said in a meeting, “You know what’d be a good idea? Dropping $10,000 into the middle of the Georgia Dome and letting people just have it.”

That’s going to be the event this Saturday. On its official Facebook page, Georgia State is advertising a $10,000 cash drop during a football game between GSU and New Hampshire. According to the description “The cash will be dropping from the A-ring of the Dome onto the field. Students with vouchers will be brought onto the field to participate.”

I know what you’re thinking — okay, maybe you’re not thinking it, but I’ll clarify anyway — no, this is not an NCAA violation in the event that a GSU athlete is among the students grabbing for money. Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated explains:

I was curious as to whether Georgia State basketball post players, who would have an obvious cash-grabbing advantage because of their height, wingspan and leaping ability, could participate given the NCAA’s rules against extra benefits. So I asked John Infante, a former athletic department compliance officer and the author of the essential Bylaw Blog, for an interpretation. Infante wrote that since the cash drop is open to any student, then it would not qualify as an extra benefit for a Georgia State athlete. To all those grabbing for the cash, good luck in the scrum.

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10 Responses to “Georgia State is giving away $10,000 in cash drop”
  1. Legion Of Boom says: Oct 5, 2012 10:07 PM

    Do you think it might end up like this:

  2. normtide says: Oct 5, 2012 11:09 PM

    There is no way this ends badly…

  3. dmcgrann says: Oct 5, 2012 11:35 PM

    Back when I was a senior in college, I was taken out to lunch with a couple of muckety-mucks and the head basketball coach at my school – the agenda was. “How can we increase attendance at our basketball games.” I was concert chairman for our Student Union.

    Coach had a LOT of ideas. Circus performers at halftime, special mixers (beer bashes) postgame, bunch of other stuff.

    On the drive back to campus, Coach said, “Well, what do you think?”

    I said, “Well, if the team wins some games, it should help.”

    Stone silence to this day, 30+ years later. It shows that looks can’t really kill, ’cause I’d be long gone.

    The Coach quit the team a week or two before the season was going to start a year later, after I’d graduated.

  4. spudvol says: Oct 5, 2012 11:40 PM

    Cash Drop- $10,000
    Resulting Medical Bills- $250,000
    Jobs Created- 4

    Endless Replays on Youtube- Priceless

  5. astrosfan75956 says: Oct 6, 2012 1:12 AM

    Why don’t they just drop fried chicken an grape kool aid?

  6. totallysirius says: Oct 6, 2012 1:55 AM

    Gee dropping a buttload of cash on a bunch of college students at a football game.

    What could possibly go wrong?

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  8. wabbitslayer says: Oct 6, 2012 8:19 AM

    I know if I were a GSU student, I’d be thrilled at how the “activity fee” money that I was forced to pay is apparently being spent…

  9. Slim Charles says: Oct 6, 2012 5:37 PM

    astrosfan75956 says: Oct 6, 2012 1:12 AM

    Why don’t they just drop fried chicken an grape kool aid?



  10. dmcgrann says: Oct 7, 2012 12:30 AM

    Well, that was really motivational. New Hampshire 44, Georgia State 21.

    Note last line of Atlanta Journal-Constitution article linked above:

    “Note: It was billed as a cash drop, but was actually a voucher drop.”

    Yep, all ready for FBS football, and the ten-year probationary period they’ll get for not maintaining the 15,000 “average attendance over a two-year rolling period.”

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