NCAA to Vote on Cuts to Athletic Scholarships and Regular Season Games

on December 11, 2011

At its January 2012 board meeting, the NCAA is set to vote on reductions to the number of athletic scholarships that it provides to football and basketball players, and the number of regular season games across all sports. These recent changes come as the result of surveying of NCAA members at the 2011 NCAA Presidential Retreat, which a working group was then tasked with reviewing and making recommendations. Now that this process is finished, the results are to be presented to the NCAA Board of Directors for final approval before taking effect sometime next year.

January NCAA Presentation to Recommend Cut to Athletic Scholarships

NCAA to Vote on Cuts to Athletic Scholarships and Regular Season GamesIn its presentation to the NCAA Board next month (warning: PDF link), the Resource Allocation Working Group – chaired by University of Georgia President Michael Adams – will recommend cuts to the number of athletic scholarships that a school can offer in both college football and college basketball. Here’s a breakdown of the reductions:

  • FBS football scholarships from 85 to 80.
  • FCS football scholarships from 63 to 60.
  • Men’s basketball scholarships from 13 to 12.
  • Women’s basketball scholarships from 15 to 13. (Note: These scholarships will be reapportioned to other women’s sports.)

While the women’s athletic scholarships that are being cut will be moved off to sports like softball and soccer, there will be no such support for male student athletes. As a whole, this change means that the NCAA will be cutting hundreds of athletic scholarships throughout the country starting in January 2013.

On top of this, the Resource Allocation Working Group is also recommending that the NCAA cut the regular season length by 10 percent across all sports:

Voted in favor of a 10 percent reduction in regular-season competition for all sports. However, if the elimination of non-championship segment competition is passed by the Division I Board, credit would be given for non-championship reductions.

On top of all of this, the working group also decided that a reduction in “non-coaching” staff in various sports programs needed a reduction as well. Cut the athletic scholarships, cut the games, and cut the staff.

NCAA Working Group Suggests FAFSA for All Student Athletes

It probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that the NCAA recommends that all student athletes “should submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)” during their time at college. It’s somewhat disheartening to hear that students who are supposedly on “full ride” athletic scholarships should have to rely on education grants and student loans to ensure that they have enough cash on hand to cover living expenses, but that’s how the NCAA works. Forget the fact that many college sports bring in revenues ranging from the millions to the billions of dollars – give the students as little as possible.

To sum the story up: in exchange for a possible $2,000 boost to athletic scholarships, student athletes will see a reduction in the number of scholarships, and shortened seasons. Is this a victory? You decide.


3 Comments on "NCAA to Vote on Cuts to Athletic Scholarships and Regular Season Games"

  • by Dan on January 5 at 8:46 pm

    Although the reduction of 5 isnt being reappropriated into other men’s sports programs so to speak.The reduction makes it easier for all schools to be in guidelines for title ix espescially with the 2 womens basketball scholarships being moved to other women’s sports.So now what excuse does the big 12 and SEC have for not having a men’s soccer program ?Mens soccer gets 9.9 scholarships and with football losing 5 and women staying the same they only need to make up 4.9 scholarships to add a program.

  • by Dan on January 10 at 9:38 am

    I say take away the 5 for football and 1 for basketball so the other sports don’t need to be cut.Tired of seeing men’s soccer ,cross country and wrestling programs cut from existance because of title ix when a good portion of these players dont even get on the field(football).A reduction of six scholarships for men sports while keeping the women the same make it HARDER for the greedy big 12 and SEC who make big money from the revenue sports but not support the other men’s sports .Because TITLE IX can no longer be there EXCUSE .Mens soccer programs for the SEC and the Big 12 NOW PLEASE…….

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