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Multiyear scholarship legislation withstands vote

Posted on: February 18, 2012 11:17 am
Edited on: February 18, 2012 11:23 am
Posted by Chip Patterson

The NCAA's proposal for multiyear scholarships for student-athletes, adopted following the August 2011 presidential retreat, narrowly passed a membership override vote on Friday.

A total of 330 Division I institutions voted, with 62.12% voting to override the legislation. According to NCAA bylaws, a 62.5% percent majority of those voting is required for an override. According to blogger John Infante, only two override votes could have changed the outcome.

“I am pleased that student-athletes will continue to benefit from the ability of institutions to offer athletics aid for more than one year, but it’s clear that there are significant portions of the membership with legitimate concerns,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said. “As we continue to examine implementation of the rule, we want to work with the membership to address those concerns.”

The legislation does not require an institution to offer guaranteed scholarships for more than one year, but several notable football programs - including Auburn - have announced their plans to participate in the practice. While the multiyear scholarship legislation survived the override vote, a proposal to adjust the miscellaneous expense allowance is still being reviewed by the NCAA Board of Directors.

The Board will consider new options for the stipend legislation in April.

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Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:04 am

Multiyear scholarship legislation withstands vote

BandWagon: I appreciate your confusion, sir. Allow me to explain. Unlike the SEC, with the exceptions of Vanderbilt and now Missouri, the Big 10, much like the Pac 12 and the ACC, is a unity of academic research institutions which also participate in big-time athletics. Whereas the SEC is an aggregate of big-time football programs that also sometimes play other sports and even occassionally pay lip service to readin' and writin' 'n' such like. Gomer Pyle's gentle disposition may have grown up in the Carolina hills, but his education was surely acquired amid some muddy backwater of the Deep South. Roll Tide. Soooooooey! Bark! Bark! (Sound of a gator slapping mud.) :) & giggles!

Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 10:46 am

Multiyear scholarship legislation withstands vote

Despite all the hypocrisy, I still find it hard to believe this barely passed.  I just get sick of hearing college Presidents stand up in their bright pick-your-color blazer and look straight at the cameras as they talk about how much they value academics with regards to their decisions involving their student-athetes.  Meanwhile, they demand that those very same student-athletes sit out a full year before playing at another school at the same level ... not caring if they simply have decided that another school has a field of study more in tune with what they want to go into after college ... never mind that they can already pull the athletes' scholarship after each season ... never mind if the coaches that recruited them have left to immediately coach at another school that's paying them $4M/yr ... never mind that the NCAA itself boasts about how they help the vast majority of student-athlets go pro. in something other than sports.  I still find it hard to shameful that it only got 62.5% ... 37.5% were against schools even being ABLE to grant multi-year scholarships?

What that says to me is this:  37.5% of schools don't want the schools they're recruiting against to be able to offer a multi-year scholarship ... because they want to be able to yank that scholarship back WHILE ALSO not allowing a transfer without sitting out a year.  I truly hope that high-profile recruits soon band together and each demand a multi-year scholarship before ANY of them sign a LoI.

Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 10:09 am

Multiyear scholarship legislation withstands vote

his has been standard operating procedure at several Big Ten schools for decades
So the announcement of this a few weeks ago was indeed nothing more than "grand standing" by the Big10 preaching their Holier than thou bs...thanks for clearing that up...

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:45 am

Multiyear scholarship legislation withstands vote

No doubting that the SEC as a whole has EARNED the reputation of "developmental league for the NFL."
if that were the case there wouldnt be so many high picked bust from the sec..and we shouldnt be counting guys on practice squads anyways..

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2012 2:38 pm

Multiyear scholarship legislation withstands vote

   No doubting that the SEC as a whole has EARNED the reputation of "developmental league for the NFL."  And the SEC's mission statement seems to be "whatever it takes to leverage the most broadcast, endorsement and merchandise dollars possible."  Yes, it is a business, and the academic side is not really any different as they alternately clamor and kowtow on a different front for corporate dollars through sponsorships and endowments. And it surely seems that the greediest and most ruthless of these "institutions of higher learning" win most of the cash and prizes. 

   Bad behavior is rewarded in our society.  Lovely, macho way to earn respect and dollars. We embrace some of this planet's least impressive methods for teaching values to our generations to come.

   The entertainment industry (aka sports broadcasting and merchadise) has long since dictated, dominated and controlled the "product on the field," like any other package of goods on the retail shelf.  So, ultimately the consumer, the idiot fan, is to blame.  They sell us what we WANT to buy, and we line up like pigs at the trough. 

   For the system to EVER be fixed or to become a reasonable facsimile of what most of us think it should be, we the fans and supporters and family and boosters of this farce (which embarassingly is nothing more than a microcosm of our political/business complex we the people grovel before) COULD and CAN do something about it.

   However, we are so desparate for whatever dose of fame, money, braggin rights or mindless entertainment we can suckle from it, we remain gleefully powerless to do anything that would make a difference other than WHINE (our current culture's greatest talent) about our "fair share" of these and other perceived entitlements.

   Until we stop SUCKING so deeply at the entertainment industry's teat, we deserve the disrespect we've "EARNED."

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2012 9:34 am

Yes, it is THAT SEC...

To answer a poster's question: yes, it is THAT SEC that has won the last six BS Shampionship games.  The whole point here is that the SEC cheats and games an already flawed system to get superior talent.  They have done a great job of amassing NFL-caliber teams in the SEC, especially in Tuscaloosa.  

Between the "southern hospitality" of "hostesses" on recruiting visits, the blatant disregard for scholarship numbers, and the most prolific "golden handshakes" anywhere not named Columbus, Eugene, or Los Angeles, SEC teams have turned their conference into a de facto NFL Developmental League.   

The new rule won't keep Bammer from continuing the most creative use of "medical hardship" in the history of the term, but it will level the playing field a bit and make the system a little bit harder to game.  It will also guarantee that players get exactly what coaches promise them and their parents during recruiting visits.  

This is the first rule I have seen the NCAA pass in a long time that actually protects student-athletes instead of just pretending to while filling the coffers of the NCAA and its member institutions. 

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2012 9:23 am

Multiyear scholarship legislation withstands vote

Good call about the SEC.  In the SEC, those kinds who graduate after four years on scholarship without seeing the field do it after transferring to South Alabama, Valdosta State, or another lower-division school.  This rule will help conferences like the Big Ten, who have honored their in-home recruiting committments to "take care of your son for four years," and had to compete with conferences and schools who cut players like it was the NFL.  

Bammer still needs to be punished for playing musical chairs with scholarships and informing kids on NSD that they no longer have a scholarship waiting.  Or, worse yet, kids at Bammer have showed up on campus in August, only to find out that they have no scholly and no place to live.  

If they want to really do the kids a favor, though, they will stop hoarding all of the money.  This can be done by simply allowing players to take money from any outside source they want.  If a kid was on a computer science scholly and a local company wanted to pay them 50K a year to "intern," it would be legal.  If someone wants to pay a football player 50K a year, though, it is a violation.  

The rules are supposed to help the kids, but they only help the schools keep all of the money by directing boosters to contribute to the school instead of the athletes.   

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2012 8:06 am

Multiyear scholarship legislation withstands vote

Unforeseen is absolutely right.  While the rule has stipulated that scholarships are a 1 year deal, a scholarship in the B1G has generally always been a 4 year deal in practice...unless the athlete fails to make grades, chooses to leave, or quits the game.  Every year we see players graduate after 4 years of having never seen action on the field.  In the SEC, those kids would likely have been culled to open up a scholarship for someone the coaches think might be more productive.  I'm not knocking the SEC, because that practice is within the rules.  But it certainly is a lot more cutthroat, and portrays different ethical values.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2012 6:21 am

Multiyear scholarship legislation withstands vote

I remember when scholarships were good for four years and you really had to screw up to lose one.  My own brother had a four-year academic scholarship, but lost it when he couldn't get past the "partying test" in his freshman year.  Of course, I also remember the days of three-year, not four year eligibility, too.  I don't think that any conference is better per se than another when it comes to the four-year offers.  And having CBS as your holler guy for te conference is worse than Bear Bryant's definition of a tie. 

Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2012 7:12 pm

Multiyear scholarship legislation withstands vote

Guess what?  The Big Ten has been issuing athletic scholarships just one year at a time like everyone else until this year.  ..."According to Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, most of the Big Ten schools as well as some other schools across the collegiate landscape are signing the members of their Class of 2012 — football only — to four-year scholarships instead of the previous standard of one-year renewable deals."  [from http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsport


Way back before they started limiting the number of athletic scholarships, they were all good for 4 years unless the player misbehaved or didn't make grades.  With the current scholarship restrictions, the coaches insisted on and got the one year at a time scholarship that everybody has been using until now.  That was because many of the scholarship athletes look good against their peers in high school, but do not pan out against big time college competition.

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