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Schools object to NCAA multi-year scholarship plan

By Alan Scher Zagier

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 27 2011 3:05 p.m. MST

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Schools are objecting to an NCAA reform measure on multi-year scholarships sought by university presidents.

More than 75 schools want to override a proposal allowing multi-year athletic scholarships rather than one-year renewable awards. That's the number of dissenters needed for reconsideration by the Division I Board of Directors when it meets next month in Indianapolis.

More schools have objected to NCAA plans to give athletes a $2,000 stipend for living costs not covered by scholarships. That proposal also returns to the Board of Directors.

Both measures were pushed by NCAA President Mark Emmert and adopted as emergency legislation after a presidential summit in August.

A permanent reversal could force schools to have two sets of standards, with an obligation to honor multi-year scholarship offers for some students but not others.

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