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Thanks to Bahamas Bowl, NCAA shelling out big bucks for passports


My first thought after clicking on this story from USA Today’s Dan Wolken: Hey, at least the NCAA isn’t making college students pay for their own passports.

With the Bahamas Bowl debuting this winter, college football will have its first international bowl game since 2010 — the last year the International Bowl took place in Toronto. The Bahamas Bowl will pit a Conference USA team against a MAC squad Dec. 24, and a few teams from those conferences are thinking ahead and getting players passports now instead of trying to rush things later in the fall.

The NCAA, though, is picking up the tab for the passports — $135 per person, which equates to around $11,000 for scholarship players. That’s refreshingly reasonable, not only because players don’t have to pay the cost but because these C-USA and MAC athletic departments don’t either.

The process described by Wolken in the story of getting an entire roster of scholarship players sounds like quite a headache. But trying to corral the necessary paperwork (birth certificates, etc.) in the summer sounds like a lot less of a headache than squeezing it in come November, or having to expedite the process in December.

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3 Responses to “Thanks to Bahamas Bowl, NCAA shelling out big bucks for passports”
  1. floridacock says: Jun 24, 2014 10:48 AM

    Good. A bowl’s original purpose was to reward the players for a good season. other than the NC, this may be the best reward of them all

  2. spydey629 says: Jun 24, 2014 12:07 PM

    The cost of this will only go down exponentially in future seasons. You figure this year is every player on every roster. As the seasons progress, it reduces to just incoming freshmen, transfers, and walk-ons.

    It begs the question though — did this happen for the International Bowl, too?

  3. jpiro says: Jun 24, 2014 4:17 PM

    Not too long ago (pre-9/11) all you needed to go to The Bahamas was a birth certificate. Would have saved the NCAA a lot of money if that was still the case.

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