Big Ten, Southern Cal advocates 4-year scholarships

Associated PressJune 24, 2014 

The Big Ten says it supports guaranteed four-year scholarships and improved medical coverage for its athletes.

The league announced in a statement signed Tuesday by its 14 presidents that it proposes working within the NCAA structure to provide greater academic security for its athletes by guaranteeing scholarships for four years, even if an athlete can no longer compete or has left for a professional career.

The Big Ten also would like to provide more consistent medical coverage and ensure its athletes are compensated for the full cost of their college education rather than just tuition, fees and room and board.

The NCAA has been sued by a number of former athletes over compensation issues challenging the organization's bedrock of amateurism.

USC to offer 4-year football, hoops scholarships: Southern California athletic director Pat Haden announced Monday that the school will now offer four-year scholarships to scholarship players on the football team and in the men's and women's basketball programs.

The policy, which becomes effective July 1, represents a change from USC's current practice of offering players in those sports one-year renewable scholarships.

Haden said USC is taking the action in the hopes of helping to lead the effort "to refocus on student-athlete welfare on and off the field."

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