As an out-of-state
resident, Meyer pays upward of $30,000 a year in tuition, room and board. To
cut costs, she lives off campus. Her financial situation soon should improve.
Starting next fall, the pistol team will be armed with 3.6 scholarships. (The
coaches can slice and dice as they see fit; in theory 10 team members could
each get .36 of a scholarship.) In compliance with Title IX, 274 of the 621
athletic scholarships OSU confers go to females.
other nonrevenue athletes--recognize that their boat is lifted by the rising
tide of football and men's basketball. As one nonrevenue coach puts it,
"The more Nike OHIO STATE FOOTBALL�sweatshirts I see people wearing,
the fewer bus trips my team is going to have to take." The baseball team
will go to Florida by charter flight four times in March, and the pistol team
recently flew to Utah for a competition.
More money means
more opportunity, be it competing against top-level opposition, traveling
farther or training in state-of-the-art facilities. More opportunity lures
better recruits. Better recruits spawn better programs. "We probably
wouldn't be here without football and, to a lesser extent, basketball,"
says Layne Dreven, a senior on the volleyball team. "We all know
The finances have
created a caste system. The football and basketball teams share a training
table separate from the other teams. Only those two programs have a designated
full-time tutor. Their locker rooms are appreciably more lavish. The
refurbished football wing of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center will feature
amenities on the order of a juice bar, an indoor basketball court and dozens of
sports are no less intense than football and basketball, however. Almost
uniformly, the nonrevenue athletes interviewed by SI likened their commitment
to a full-time job. Take men's volleyball, which held preseason practices and
conditioning drills from eight to noon each morning last fall. Its season
commenced in November and most likely will end in May. Because of the
scheduling demands, it can be hard for the players to integrate into the
student population. "It's like [we're in] a floating bubble," says
senior captain Sam Stevens.
constantly busy with sports and studies (she's a human resources major), Meyer
makes time to serve as a campus Bible-study leader. "For me, it's important
to have stuff out of the sport--if not, the stress gets to you," she says.
"But at the same time the pistol team is like my family here. It's all a
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? Played guard at
? His 2006--07
freshmen--the Thad Five--may be the best recruiting class in a decade
? Nickname of his
high school team in Hoopestown, Ill., was the Cornjerkers