Given the horrific injury sustained by Kevin Ware during NCAA finals competition against Duke University, the assurance that the college monies provided under his scholarship should ethically remain intact. However, for some collegiate athletes the yearly reinstatement of their scholarships is a process that is discarding student athletes who would ordinarily not be able to afford college. The NCAA implemented the yearly reinstatement after I left college, thankfully.
The mental bullying that is exacted by some coaches would be fueled by this type of provision to push athletes well beyond what most would consider appropriate athletic training.
The “overseer” mentality is very real on certain levels of competition.
Having this type of leverage affords the opportunity for a coach to dismiss players that are not on the level that they’d “prefer”, while freeing the scholarship to provide to another recruit. However, the reverse scenerio can also be true, wherein the unproductive, negative player is taking up time and space without putting forth any level of effort. The latter is less likely but it does happen. Rather than navigating the pre-existing red tape to get rid of such players, NCAA apparently decided to go to the other extreme. Safeguards are understood but please make sure that deserving student athletes don’t get thrown under the bus at the whim of any coach or Athletic Director that may not ‘like’ them.
It is truly a double edged sword in that it could work to the benefit of NCAA/coaches and the detriment of those students who put in the work but due to personal conflicts or budgetary constraints-are involuntarily excluded from an opportunity to perform at that level and/or to graduate with a degree from that college and/or university.
Is an athletics scholarship guaranteed for four years? Many athletics scholarships, like most merit-based scholarships, are granted for one academic year. However, schools are allowed to provide multi-year scholarships. Allowing schools to award scholarships for longer than a single year gives student-athletes greater assurance that their education will continue even if they suffer an injury, their athletics performance does not live up to expectations or the coaching staff changes. If a school plans to reduce or not renew a student-athlete’s aid, the school must provide the student-athlete an opportunity to appeal. In most cases, coaches decide who receives a scholarship, what it will cover and whether it will be renewed.
Should this policy be reviewed? Is it fair for those injured during competition to lose their scholarship as a result?