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Parents of football players getting paid to attend college title game

The trophy for the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship was on the ESPN set briefly Monday afternoon. Sports television network ESPN is broadcasting some of its shows, including College Football Live, from Sundance Square in Fort Worth.
The trophy for the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship was on the ESPN set briefly Monday afternoon. Sports television network ESPN is broadcasting some of its shows, including College Football Live, from Sundance Square in Fort Worth. Star-Telegram

As if the full scholarships weren’t enough, the College Football Playoff has decided to help pay for the travel expenses for parents of athletes.

The CFP announced Tuesday that it will pay up to $1,250 per parent or guardian for athletes competing in the National Championship Game between Ohio State and Oregon on Jan. 12 at AT&T Stadium.

Although details remain sketchy and the CFP points out at that the program is subject to NCAA rules, the plan is to reimburse parents or guardians traveling to North Texas for the inaugural CFP championship game. It will cover hotel accommodations, air fare and meal expenses for a maximum of two parents or legal guardians per athlete.

Schools are allowed to provide six tickets to each player, and Ohio State parents are getting $800 from the university’s student-assistance fund to attend the game.

A set of parents could be reimbursed a total of $2,500 from the College Football Playoff. Each team has 85 scholarship players. If each set of parents or guardians took the CFP offer, it would cost $425,000.

“We know how expensive travel can be, so we’re pleased to provide assistance for parents or guardians who want to see their sons play in the first College Football Playoff National Championship,” said Bill Hancock, executive director of the CFP said in a statement. “It will make the game even more special for the student-athletes to know that their family members are receiving this benefit.”

The reimbursement program, the CFP said, will be evaluated in the future “to make certain it provides the appropriate amount of permissible assistance.

Scholarship players receive a free education that costs in-state students $24,405 at Oregon and $21,703 at Ohio State.

Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @StevensonFWST

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