ESPN has an interesting article http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/news/story?id=5728653 that discusses a new study which suggests there is a substantial gap between what an athletic scholarship covers and the actual costs of school. In light of the discussion last week about paying college athletes, it seemed relevant.
I'm still not in favor of paying college athletes, but I do think that if they are offered a full ride, it should be a full ride. On the other hand, there are all sorts of inequities in athletic scholarships. For example, most baseball players only get a 1/3 scholarship. I imagine there are similar problems for other minor mens sports, like swimming, soccer and wrestling. Moreover, academic scholarships do not normally cover every cost either. They might cover tuition and room and board, but not fees, for example.