The bill is called the “Utah Wellness Program” and State Senator Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, says it will be like a shot in the arm for Utah State Aggie athletes. Hillyard is chairman of the budget committee and he managed to get a bill through the Utah legislature that provides $1.5 million a year to recruit Aggie athletes.
He says USU has been at a disadvantage financially in the Mountain West and this should help.
“I was pleasantly surprised at the strong support from the House,” says Hillyard. “The House people understood this that Utah State is an underdog in this fight to stay relevant in athletics. To go back to Wisconsin and play as well as we did and Southern Cal and do that we really need to help them.
“In the Economic Development area we took this money. The committee approved it and it has been approved by the legislature. I think it will be a major help to Utah State to remain competitive not just in football but all the sports.”
Hillyard says under a recent NCAA rule change college athletic programs are starting to pay athletes a stipend in addition to the tuition and housing covered by scholarships. He says this will provide funding for that which USU needs in order to compete.