DALLAS - The NCAA voted today to rescind Proposition 42,
the controversial measure that would have toughened athletic
scholarship standards starting in the fall.
Delegates voted 258-66-1 to allow incoming students who
meet only part of the academic requirements to receive regular
scholarship help, but not athletic scholarships.
The change will retain the academic incentives, UCLA chancellor
Charles Young told the delegates, "without the potential
devastating financial side effects" of Proposition 42.
The NCAA also voted today to keep the number of football
scholarships a Division I-A team can award annually at 25,
despite an appeal from Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne
to return it to 30.
That vote retains a cost-cutting measure passed two years
ago that dropped the scholarship number. Schools still can't
exceed the 95-player limit.
Osborne said the change would have allowed schools short
of players to catch up more quickly, and would have promoted
a better caliber of competition.
That measure failed, 26-80-3.
Proposition 42, whose approval prompted Georgetown basketball
coach John Thompson to boycott two games last season, would
have denied scholarships to incoming athletes who have a
C-average overall in high schools, and don't meet two other
academic requirements of Proposition 48 - a C-average in
11 core courses and minimum scores on standardized college
Currently, so-called "partial qualifiers" still can receive
athletic scholarships, although they are not eligible for
practice or competition.
About 600 partial qualifiers have received athletic scholarships
in the three years since Proposition 48 was adopted.
On Sunday, executive director Dick Schultz said the NCAA
should begin reforming big-time college athletics by adopting
propositions designed to emphasize the classroom over the
Delegates to the 84th annual convention faced more than
120 measures, including plans to shorten spring football
practice, cut the basketball season by three games to 25
and curtail preseason tournaments, and make public each
school's graduation rate for athletes.
The public, Schultz said, and even schools' faculties and
deans believe "the NCAA is an ineffective, do-nothing organization"
that has lost control of intercollegiate athletics.
To regain control, Schultz said, the NCAA should look at
a total overhaul, including:
Allowing athletes to enter pro drafts and evaluate financial
offers without losing eligibility.
Paying athletes a stipend to cover all the costs of attending
school, including trips home, clothes and spending money.
Eliminating athletic dorms.
Creating a tenure program for coaches to reduce pressure
and improve job security.
Establishing an emergency loan program for needy athletes
and small cash bonuses for athletes graduating within five
Reducing off-campus recruiting.
"Let's go back to playing for the trophy, eliminate the
incentives to break rules because of dollars," Schultz
said. "Let's eliminate the comment about the $300,000 free
throw. Let's reward integrity, quality education and good
A proposal to pay college football players - a revolutionary
break from traditional NCAA philosophy - has taken its first
step toward possible enactment.
Osborne, reporting the recommendations of a special committee
to a meeting of the College Football Association on Sunday,
said the colleges better act before "it's too late."
A college players' union is not out of the question if schools
do not begin sharing their wealth, Osborne predicted.
Osborne said the committee of major football representatives
figured that a $75 monthly stipend could go to all Division
I football players by taking 10 percent of CFA bowl revenues,
which he said amounted to $75 million per year.
Osborne's committee will seek to get legislation at next
year's NCAA convention setting up the monthly stipend.
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