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USC going all in with four-year scholarships

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USC is stepping its game up with scholarships. Announced today, USC will offer four-year scholarships to all student-athletes in revenue sports such as football and basketball instead of the typical one-year scholarships previously offered.

“In taking this action, USC hopes to help lead the effort to refocus on student-athlete welfare on and off the field,” USC AD Pat Haden said.

The announcement comes ahead of a vote for autonomy that will be conducted by the 65 member schools of the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC on autonomy rule changes. Haden has long been a supporter of increased benefits for student-athletes, so offering four-year scholarships was bound to happen at USC.

The new four-year scholarships will go into effect quickly too. Starting July 1, the four-year scholarships will be made official.

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11 Responses to “USC going all in with four-year scholarships”
  1. tampabayirish says: Jun 23, 2014 1:55 PM

    Props to Southern Cal for showing leadership. This should have been done years ago. Hopefully all other D1 schools will follow USC’s lead.

  2. thekatman says: Jun 23, 2014 2:01 PM

    USC had had a history of providing the oppty for the SA to come back to school and finish their degree of they left early. If I understand this correctly, the NFL had a financial program in place for the players to finish their degrees within 6 years of leaving school and playing /working in the league.

  3. irishdodger says: Jun 23, 2014 2:05 PM

    Good move by Haden. Already saw a tweet by a big time recruit impressed by this. That’s nice but a big-time recruit (provided he lives up to his billing) doesn’t have to worry about his schollie not being renewed. Even if he has a career ending injury, most schools offer to keep them on a non-athletic scholarship to help the kid out.

  4. txspartan95 says: Jun 23, 2014 2:39 PM

    So what happens if a player chooses to leave school early – Essentially in breech of the 4 year contract signed at age 17/18? Will they be allowed to do so?

  5. pawloosa says: Jun 23, 2014 3:26 PM

    It must be a 1 year scholarship with auto renewal up to 4 years assuming the player returns…As we all know in football the players have to stay 3 years minimum but in basketball a coach is lucky to get 2 years out of a good player…

  6. lowtalker says: Jun 23, 2014 4:41 PM

    Is USC leaving itself an out . . for instance, will USC take the scholarship back if the guy commits a crime? I understand that you want to help if students get hurt and can’t play . . .but what if student turns out to be an ass? Like . . maybe he likes to steal crab legs, etc.

  7. scbaby2013 says: Jun 23, 2014 5:06 PM

    Fight on Trojans!!!! Awesome move by and awesome football school. Now let’s see if any schools from the SEC follows usc’s lead.

  8. seanb20124 says: Jun 23, 2014 6:49 PM

    Once you sign that four year contract, it’s easier to get fat and lazy. Especially if you’re a career back up.

  9. sportsguy3434 says: Jun 23, 2014 7:32 PM

    Why don’t they just give them the scholarship if they are injured. Telling players they have 4 guaranteed years takes away motivation for boarder line players. What if everyone were told tomorrow that they had their job for the next 4 years no matter what? It is a good idea but I think there is a better way to go about it.

  10. rolltide510 says: Jun 23, 2014 7:38 PM

    scbaby2013 says:
    Jun 23, 2014 5:06 PM
    Fight on Trojans!!!! Awesome move by and awesome football school. Now let’s see if any schools from the SEC follows usc’s lead.

    What you meant to say was “follows the Big 10′s lead”, since they did this YEARS ago. As for the SEC, auburn made a big show of doing this at the same time the Big 10 did.

    In both cases, anytime a coach wants a player gone, said player is gone. Just like its going to happen at USC. Because stuff like this is just PR and completely meaningless.

  11. rolltide510 says: Jun 23, 2014 7:40 PM

    “thekatman says:
    Jun 23, 2014 2:01 PM
    USC had had a history of providing the oppty for the SA to come back to school and finish their degree of they left early.”

    Classic example of why I love USC fans so much – they don’t understand stuff like this happens at EVERY school. Ask them, and they’ll tell you invented tailgating before games too.

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