As the national conversation continues to be focused on NCAA issues regarding compensation and benefits for athletes at member schools, Maryland announced a major change on Tuesday morning.
The university will begin offering multi-year scholarship guarantees to incoming athletes in all sports beginning in November of this year. It is part of a larger initiative that the school has called "The Maryland Way Guarantee."
As the school explains it, athletes in all sports will now be guaranteed a scholarship even if their eligibility is exhausted before graduation. At the same time, if injury prevents the athlete from competing, his or her scholarship will be guaranteed until degree completion.
The change covers athletes who leave the university in good academic standing, as well. If he or she returns to the school to finish a degree, tuition, books and fees will be covered.
“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,” Maryland 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.”
Prior to the news on Tuesday, scholarships were granted on a one-year renewal basis, which could lead to players transferring due to injury or underperformance. Head football coach Randy Edsall has in the past publicly expressed concerns about one-year scholarships, which are now covered under the university's new plan.