The Big Ten isn’t waiting on the NCAA to mandate multi-year scholarships. It’s moving ahead on its own.
… Buckeyes, as well as players at most — if not all — Big Ten schools and some other programs around the country, are signing four-year scholarships instead of renewable one-year scholarships, as has been the standard. After an NCAA rule change, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany encouraged conference schools to offer four-year grants.
The SEC has declined to follow the Big Ten’s lead, although individual schools are free to do so.
In the Southeastern Conference, money isn’t an issue, but some conference coaches, like South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier, have come out publicly against multi-year offers, saying players need to continue to earn their way. SEC commissioner Mike Slive, however, has publicly supported multi-year scholarships, and Greg Sankey, the SEC associate commissioner for compliance, said Tuesday that Slive maintains that stance.
However, for now, SEC schools made their own calls without conference input.
“We took the less regulatory approach to see how this is implemented across the country,” Sankey said.
Translation: we’ll wait and see if this starts costing our member programs recruits.
If it does, expect Steve Spurrier to find religion on the matter.