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Until recently, major-college athletes were bound by annually renewable contracts that allowed NCAA colleges to reduce or eliminate their scholarships for failing to meet certain expectations.
That uncertainty was supposed to change last year after the NCAA adopted a policy allowing programs to guarantee athletics aid for multiple years. But since August, when the change went into effect, very few elite athletes have benefited.
Nearly two-thirds of the 56 most powerful Division I public universities now offer multiyear awards, according to a Chronicle review of public records. Yet few of those institutions do so for more than a handful of athletes.
Among the holdouts are some of the wealthiest programs, including the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Oregon, and Texas A&M. At the University of Arizona, Georgia Tech, and the University of Louisville, this year's NCAA men's basketball champions, you can count the multiyear beneficiaries on one hand.
Officials from some of those colleges say their hesitation is not about the money—they just oppose making long-term promises to prospects who may not hold up their end of the bargain.
"Who gets a four-year, $120K deal guaranteed at age 17?" Christine A. Plonsky, women's athletic director at the University of Texas, wrote in an e-mail to The Chronicle. "The last thing young people need right now is more entitlement."
An NCAA policy allowing programs to guarantee scholarships for multiple years is off to a slow start, a Chronicle analysis has found.
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I give up.
Football players are worth every bit of that "signing bonus".
This is the whole problem. Administrators say it's not about money and then they use money as a defense.
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The absolute complete wrong person to be talking about "entitlement" in any way shape or form...
Considering her $300K salary...& 2 new leased (UT paid) cars every year...& the under-performing women's athletic dept...entitlement is obviously a part of her daily job
With reasoning like that, I hope Ed O'Bannon wins and wins big on every single level.
To defend it based on either money or a sense of entitlement is just ludicrous IMO.
Defend it based on the needs of the team to be competitive or even based on the value that the player brings to the program but not based on crap like "entitlement", which may or may not be true and which obviously can vary from person to person.
This is the kind of false rhetoric that turns fans against member institutions and the NCAA. The NCAA is coming apart at the seams IMO. A college athletics governing body needs a full re-boot and I don't think it's possible under the current climate. Judt bad IMO.
God I hate Plonsky.
Deloss may have only recently gotten so senile, but every time Plonsky opens her mouth is an embarrassment.
Haha, I was wondering if a comment like this would be made. Didn't take long.
I don't, for the selfish reason of not wanting my NCAA Football games to go away.
She is right on this one, but I agree with you.
If Mack was smart, he would offer one or two of the top 5 players in the country a 4 yr schollie and dare someone like Bama or Florida to match. What has he got to lose? Might make for interesting times.
It wouldn't go away. The NCAA would just share its money with the players, which is what should be happening in the first place.
Some schools would do it, then break their promise. Wouldn't matter and would be the same as what schools like Alabama do now.
They'd just have to spend their money smarter.
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