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May 24, 2010 at 4:43 PM

U.S. Justice Department to explore “renewability” of college scholarships

The Associated Press has published an interesting story this afternoon that the U.S. Justice Department is looking into how colleges administer athletic scholarships, particularly in case where they are not renewed.
As the story notes, the managing of scholarships is more of an issue in men’s college basketball, where each team is alloted just 13 and any changes in the rule as a result of this would have a much greater impact on that sport than any other (here’s another look at the college-basketball angle of this).
But as anyone who follows closely realizes, college football coaches also undertake the same juggling act to get their teams to 85. In fact, we linked here earlier today Oversigning.com, a web site devoted to examining how colleges sign 25 players every year yet manage to whittle their rosters down to 85 scholarships each season.
This is obviously one of the more unpleasant sides of college athletics, and one that for years wasn’t covered a whole lot until the rise of the internet made it a lot easier for people to follow the comings and goings of college teams.
Probably the most well-known instance in recent UW history of players who had remaining eligibility having their scholarships pulled against their will came in 2006, the so-called “Suddenly Senior” controversy. I detailed that incident and looked at some of the scholarship-related issues in this story in 2007.
And goes without saying it will be interesting to see if anything comes of the Justice Department’s investigation.

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