Override fails: multiyear scholarships proposal adopted and final

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The NCAA’s multiyear scholarship legislation passed an override today after a week-long vote. And by the narrowest of margins, we might add.

With 330 institutions voting, 62.12 percent of Division 1 schools voted to override the legislation that gives schools the right to grant scholarships with more than one year attached to them; a 62.5 percent vote in favor of the override was needed.

According to NCAA blogger John Infante — better known on Twitter as bylawblog — that means the override failed by a mere two votes; 37 schools did not participate.

Suffice to say there are still plenty of schools that are unhappy about giving out multiyear scholarships. Guess Mark Emmert‘s plea didn’t sink in. 

But the point is that it’s up to each individual school if they want to pursue it.

The multiyear scholarship legislation was one of two proposals — the other being the $2,000 stipend for student-athletes — that received enough votes from schools for an override, even though some schools had already begun granting multiyear awards.

The $2,000 stipend legislation was suspended in December and will be re-evaluated in April. The NCAA’s Board of Directors are currently considering alterations to the legislation, which was initiated last fall.