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Override fails: multiyear scholarships proposal adopted and final

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The NCAA’s multiyear scholarship legislation passed an override today after a week-long vote. And by the narrowest of margins, we might add.

With 330 institutions voting, 62.12 percent of Division 1 schools voted to override the legislation that gives schools the right to grant scholarships with more than one year attached to them; a 62.5 percent vote in favor of the override was needed.

According to NCAA blogger John Infante — better known on Twitter as bylawblog — that means the override failed by a mere two votes; 37 schools did not participate.

Suffice to say there are still plenty of schools that are unhappy about giving out multiyear scholarships. Guess Mark Emmert‘s plea didn’t sink in. 

But the point is that it’s up to each individual school if they want to pursue it.

The multiyear scholarship legislation was one of two proposals — the other being the $2,000 stipend for student-athletes — that received enough votes from schools for an override, even though some schools had already begun granting multiyear awards.

The $2,000 stipend legislation was suspended in December and will be re-evaluated in April. The NCAA’s Board of Directors are currently considering alterations to the legislation, which was initiated last fall.

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6 Responses to “Override fails: multiyear scholarships proposal adopted and final”
  1. woebegong says: Feb 17, 2012 8:11 PM

    So basically they accomplish nothing that had any teeth in it. What changed if the schools don’t have to grant the scholarship for more than 1 year. It is their choice so whats the change.

  2. mrslay1 says: Feb 17, 2012 9:55 PM

    Well if I were a top recruit I would just insist that if I come to your school, I’m given 4 years regarless of anything else. Of coarse no coach in their right mind would take one of them. It needs to stay 1 year at a time, unless injury. It that event they should have their school paid for but taken off the scholarship roster opening it up for some one else.

  3. angelheartsbuckeyes says: Feb 18, 2012 2:23 AM

    …and the pendulum swings….

  4. florida727 says: Feb 18, 2012 6:50 AM

    I like “mrslay’s” idea. 1-year is fine, but stipulate that a kid gets his/her education paid for in the event of career-ending injury, or it gets paid if the kid has to sit out an entire season due to injury. The schools benefit plenty from these kids. There should be at least that protection in it for the kids.

    Ben, I’m confused though: your headline reads “Override FAILS”, then your first sentence states “legislation PASSED an override today”. Can you explain? Also, in the text, it says it required 62.5% to pass, but got 62.12%. I know I’m missing something. Sorry…

  5. tcwestdad says: Feb 18, 2012 9:10 PM

    The NCAA is a joke. It should be mandatory. Talk about abusing the kids! The $EC, otherwise known as the meat factory, will simply chuckle at this feeble monstrosity.

  6. blueinok says: Feb 20, 2012 12:44 PM

    Michigan got 8 commitments this weekend. Did the Big 10 commitment to a multi year scholorship help?

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