UAB basketball coach gives $46K to help programs

November 11, 2015 / Basketball
University of Alabama at Birmingham men’s basketball coach Jerod Haase has donated $46,000 to help cover the cost of attendance for student-athletes at his school.


The money will help both the men’s and women’s basketball teams, with $23,000 going to each, according to ESPN.

From ESPN:

“We are extremely excited about doing the full cost of attendance,” said Haase, who makes $1 million annually. “For the vision that the administration has for the program, it’s important we do the full cost of attendance.”

Added women’s coach Randy Norton: “Jerod’s generosity is appreciated. To make that type of commitment shows what type of person he is.”

Blazers athletic director Mark Ingram told ESPN that the school will pay for the cost of attendance for all student-athletes beginning in the next budget cycle but was not able to do so this past year because the budget already had been determined when the NCAA passed the cost of attendance — money given to players to help pay for college attendance, travel and other expenses. UAB said the average stipend is $5,400 per student-athlete.

UAB officials said the donation is compliant with NCAA rules.

Haase is entering his fourth year with the Blazers and last season advanced to the round of 32 in the NCAA tournament.

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