Maryland to guarantee athletic scholarships

Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson pauses during a news conference announcing the 2017 Big Ten Conference men's basketball tournament will be held in Washington, on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Washington. Four players have left the Maryland men's basketball program this offseason. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- The University of Maryland says it will start guaranteeing scholarships to students-athletes until they graduate, regardless of injury or on-field performance. Maryland announced Tuesday that the guaranteed scholarships will begin this November. They will go to athletes in all sports, not just the so-called revenue sports of football and basketball. NCAA rules allow scholarships to be renewed on a year-to-year basis and reduced or canceled for any reason. Critics have argued that such policies undermine the NCAA's argument that revenue-generating athletes should not be paid. Earlier this month, a federal judge issued an injunction that paves the way for future college football and basketball players to get monetary compensation. Maryland says it's one of the first Division I schools to guarantee scholarships for athletes in all sports.