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Maryland announces ‘lifetime degree guarantee’ for athletes

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Dubbing it “The Maryland Way Guarantee,” the University of Maryland is blazing a trail on which most, if not all, Power Five conference schools will ultimately travel.

The university announced Tuesday morning that, beginning in November of this year, it will offer a lifetime degree guarantee for student-athletes in all sports. Maryland is one of the first, if not the first, to offer such a guarantee in all sports, not just the revenue-producers in football and basketball.

The historic program coincides with the school’s official move from the ACC to the Big Ten last month.  It also comes a couple of weeks after a mediated settlement was reached in the lawsuits filed by both the school and its former conference.

“Our vision is to be the best intercollegiate athletic program while producing graduates who are prepared to serve as leaders in the local, state and global communities,” athletic director Kevin Anderson said in a statement. “We are confident ‘The Maryland Way Guarantee’ will further demonstrate our commitment to our student-athletes’ pursuit of a college degree.”

The school described the parameters of the program as follows:

Beginning in November of 2014-15, ‘The Maryland Way Guarantee’ will provide all incoming student-athletes with a multi-year scholarship guarantee. Pursuant to this program, should a student-athlete exhaust his or her eligibility prior to graduating, Maryland will guarantee his or her aid will continue through graduation. If a student-athlete is injured and unable to compete, we will guarantee his or her aid will continue through graduation.

Additionally, Maryland will provide tuition, books and fees for any student-athlete who leaves the institution in good academic standing and returns to complete his or her degree.

Again, student-athletes will be permitted, at no cost to them, to return to the university and obtain their degree at any point in their life.  Previously, and as is the case all across the country in every sport, Maryland student-athletes were offered one-year scholarships, which were subject to renewal every year.

Kudos to Maryland for taking a step that the rest of the power conferences will eventually take as autonomy begins to take hold.

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17 Responses to “Maryland announces ‘lifetime degree guarantee’ for athletes”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 19, 2014 11:25 AM

    The way it should be…. Bravo Terps…. Bravo…

  2. jec332 says: Aug 19, 2014 11:28 AM

    I think this will ultimately be the way all B1G schools go. Let’s go Penn State! Beat Maryland!

  3. ipskipskyblue says: Aug 19, 2014 11:30 AM

    Testudo flies.

    I like this, and also like how they booted that basketball player for stealing candy from the 7-11.

  4. mrterpnc says: Aug 19, 2014 11:34 AM

    Good move, the way it should be. I applaud my TERPS.

  5. whenwilliteverend says: Aug 19, 2014 12:03 PM

    That’s funny. This story is about Maryland doing the right thing and someone from Penn State chimes up. Talk about the antithesis of doing the right thing. Maybe he’s hoping for PSU to ride on the coattails of a university that has some degree of decency to feel better about his “hallowed” school. Not gonna happen. This generation will forever know PSU as Pedophile State.

  6. scbaby2013 says: Aug 19, 2014 12:16 PM

    That’s awesome…plus great way to get recruits too.

  7. psublueandwhite says: Aug 19, 2014 12:19 PM

    whenwilliteverend, what happened at Penn State has nothing to do with academics. In fact, it’s rankings academically have continued to climb in the past few years.

  8. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 19, 2014 12:20 PM


    Penn State can never do the right thing again….?

    Their fans can’t applaud someone else doing the right thing….?

  9. whenwilliteverend says: Aug 19, 2014 12:26 PM

    PSU may rank high in academics but the athletic department ranks so low in morals they can be found in the sewer.

    Maybe PSU can do the right thing again but the jury is still out on that. Nevertheless, you can’t just sweep away what happened there and excuse it. PSUs actions may have adversely affected many young boy’s lives. To me, that’s a tragedy beyond proportions. For once, think about the victims instead of your beloved university.

    I bet you’d feel differently if you had a kid who was molested by Mr. defense. Instead, you have already imbibed the PSU Kool-Aid and turn a blind eye to anything that may make them look bad.

    It’s going to take a while for PSU to rehabilitate it’s image. I still find it distasteful that people discount that entire incident. Maybe when all the lawsuits have been settled PSU will do something to make sure something like this NEVER happens again…and not just as PSU. This should never happen again ANYWHERE.

    All this being said. The same thing could have happened anywhere. All the athletic departments are as corrupt as the government. It’s big money and they will do anything to protect their ‘brand.’ I’m sorry, but sports is not more important than life….and that’s not even close.

  10. whenwilliteverend says: Aug 19, 2014 12:31 PM

    However, you do raise some good points. My biggest problem with PSU is all the people in Happy Valley that looked the other way and even after it all came out still defended the university out of blind loyalty. I find that to be despicable. However, hopefully some good will come out of it in the future by raising awareness. I just think PSU should cut ties with that entire incident and do everything they can, not only in Happy Valley but everywhere, to make sure this sort of thing never happens again. I hope that’s something we all can agree on.

  11. jec332 says: Aug 19, 2014 12:44 PM


    People that defend the university because everyone left wasn’t involved. I’m sorry you make a habit of wanting innocent people to act guilty.

    If that’s all you think Penn State will ever be known for then that’s your issue. I don’t mind someone like you thinking that way. I guess you called all the Germans Nazis in the World Cup, huh? Anyway, Penn State will still be an amazing school that aims for excellence on and off the field and tries to do so with class with or without your better opinion.

    A few individuals, years since gone, do not represent an entire university. It’s just like how your sad ignorance doesn’t represent the Maryland fan base.

    I’m sorry you took a compliment as suggesting anyone at PSU wishes we are like Maryland. That’s not the case. We’re very happy and proud to be Penn State. After reading your angry response, I think you should look to move away from that inferiority complex and chip on your shoulder and try to do the same.

  12. planecrashguy says: Aug 19, 2014 1:07 PM

    Great PR stunt, but really not worth a damn unless Maryland or any other school recruits kids who really want an education and value a degree. Kind of reminds me of rebates as a marketing tool. Companies offer and promote rebates knowing full well the majority are never submitted for payment. Samething will happen here, especially in football and basketball.

  13. cubano76 says: Aug 19, 2014 1:38 PM

    Well done Terps!

  14. houndofthebaskervols says: Aug 19, 2014 4:38 PM


    When you STFU!

  15. 4512dawg4512 says: Aug 19, 2014 4:58 PM

    If only I could run a 4.3 forty I wouldn’t be $45,000 in the hole

  16. mogogo1 says: Aug 19, 2014 6:46 PM

    This is how it always should have been. And if the NCAA had offered that across the board way back when, who knows? Maybe O’Bannon doesn’t get mad enough to sue? But it would have cost a few extra bucks, so of course the NCAA had no interest in letting guys come back to finish their degrees.

  17. cupajoe32 says: Aug 20, 2014 8:04 AM

    Bit of irony for the terps. A few years back, and their athletics’ department was deep in the red. They had made so many bad decisions with stadium expansions, expenditures, etc., that they ended up cutting some athletic programs to save money and pay off debt. Then along comes the B1G Ten, and lays out a long term vision of Maryland making $30+ Million annually, by year five of them joining the conference, provided they help the B1G Ten crack the Baltimore/DC cable market.

    Now Maryland thinks they are, or will be flush in cash, so anything is possible: increased athletic spending, lifetime degrees, etc. Providing lifetime degrees is honorable, and the “right” thing to do, but the reason many colleges have not done it yet, is the projected financial liabilities could be a detriment in the future, if not thought out properly.

    What if the payday that the B1G Ten promised Maryland and other conference members does not materialize, but falls seriously short? The B1G Ten’s projections are based on wildly optimistic market penetration numbers, esp in subscription memberships in the B1G Ten Network (in the NY/NJ and Baltimore/DC markets). They also assume technology will, or has stagnated since the 1990’s, and that content distribution will be the same over the next 20+ years. With actually monetary decline in content delivery by emerging technology on the internet, the conference may never reach their goals, as promised to its members. And Maryland may again find its self with deep liabilities and unable to pay.

    You have to recall, most of Maryland’s alum did not want to leave the ACC, but after too many bad decisions based on the promise of increased revenue, the athletics department ended up in the red, and the B1G did not seem like one option, but instead …”the only option”. Maybe Maryland needs to slow down a bit, pay off some liabilities, shore up their athletics, and reinstitute cut programs, before taking on future liabilities.

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