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May 18, 2012

Should athletic scholarships come with a 4-year guarantee?: If you buy that star athletes are compensated with a valuable education, consider this complicating fact: An athletic scholarship is not a four-year educational guarantee. What few college sports fans—and not enough college recruits—realize is that a university can yank that scholarship after one, two, or three years without cause. Coach doesn’t like you? He’s free to cut you loose. Sitting the bench? You could lose your free ride to a new recruit. From Slate.com

posted by tahoemoj to culture at 03:13 PM - 4 comments

Four year guaranteed scholarships (that even players who go pro can take advantage of after their career is over) would be the easiest first step towards an equitable system of "paying" players.

posted by drezdn at 03:24 PM on May 18

Yes they should. It's outrageous that they can drop a student-athlete on scholarship in the middle of pursuing an education.

posted by rcade at 03:36 PM on May 18

Absolutely. It's stunning and pathetic that the NCAA actually forbids them. Hell, it should be five years.

posted by Etrigan at 03:51 PM on May 18

I love the quote from Tennessee coach Derek Dooley

I think it's humorous that the academic institution can give an academic scholarship and take it away when a student doesn't perform at a certain GPA level, but it's absolutely the worst thing you can do as a coachit's so wrong what you do to these young peoplewhen he doesn't do what he's supposed to do.

Wow.

posted by tahoemoj at 04:00 PM on May 18

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