SAN JOSE -- San Jose State athletic director Gene Bleymaier said Friday "it behooves us to be in a position" to offer cost-of-attendance stipends when new legislation comes to the NCAA next year.

With the NCAA granting autonomy to the Power Five conferences, it's expected that allowing schools to cover the full cost of attendance for athletes will be among the first new rules implemented.

San Jose State, though not part of a Power Five conference, will be allowed to offer those same extra benefits, and Bleymaier intends to find a way to make it work.

"It's something we have to deal with, and we're going to need to raise money to address those needs," Bleymaier said. "We may have to re-prioritize some of our fundraising efforts as a result of these new NCAA rules. It's really no different than trying to raise money to build a new building."

Bleymaier's main concern isn't so much to stay competitive with the Power Five conferences -- the Pac-12, Atlantic Coast, Southeastern, Big Ten and Big 12 -- but to ensure the Spartans can compete in the Mountain West.

"What we've got to ensure is that we're able to compete with the Fresno States and the San Diego States and the Boise States in our own conference," Bleymaier said. "Because a gap at that level could impact us negatively."

  • With the Spartans having future home-and-home series scheduled with Oregon State, Utah, Colorado and Iowa State, Bleymaier isn't concerned that Power Five programs might lose interest in games against Group of Five teams.


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    A recent ESPN poll showed 48 percent of Power Five coaches supported playing games only against each other. Twelve of the 65 coaches were undecided, and 35 percent were not in favor.

    "I don't think that talk is real," Bleymaier said. "They are always going to need to play us."

  • Bleymaier still wants to get Stanford back on the schedule but acknowledged it's not likely to happen in the near future. The Spartans are booked for 2015, unless they want to add a 13th game because of their trip to Hawaii, which is unlikely. Stanford is booked in 2016.

    "Even if we have to look out to 2020 and beyond, I'd like to get a long-term agreement in place with Stanford, and I'd love to do the same thing with Cal," Bleymaier said.

  • Running back Jarrod Lawson has been suspended for the first two games of the season for an undisclosed violation of team rules, coach Ron Caragher announced.

    Lawson, who led the Spartans with 788 rushing yards and had more than 1,000 all-purpose yards, will miss the season opener Thursday against North Dakota and the Sept. 6 game at Auburn.

    The Valley Christian High-San Jose product will be allowed to practice with the team during the suspension.

    "He's a great kid," Caragher said of Lawson. "He's all into the ramifications and will do whatever to help the team. We look forward to his return."

  • Caragher awarded junior wide receiver Hansell Wilson and junior linebacker Moses Saucedo scholarships on Friday.

    Wilson opens the year as a top backup at one receiver position. Saucedo is out for the season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament.

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    AUG. 28 OPENER
    North Dakota at San Jose State, 7 p.m.