If preliminary figures hold true, Penn State stands to offer student-athletes the largest cost-of-attendance stipend in the Big Ten at $4,788 per academic year. Perhaps more surprisingly, Ohio State ($2,454), Michigan ($2,054) and Michigan State ($1,872) all lag significantly behind, but with plenty of time to alter their respective stipend figures between now and July. The stipend has potential to become a tremendous recruiting tool for the programs that can tilt the number in their favor.
PennLive columnist David Jones wrote the original analysis to start the conversation on Big Ten stipends. He joined Dustin Hockensmith on the Keystone Sports Network to talk about the numbers and where they might be going between now and this summer, when they’re finalized. Check out audio from the show in this post and get plenty more podcasts and analysis on KeystoneSportsNetwork.com and by following @KSNSportsNet on Twitter.