There are many athletes that have the luxury of playing their desired sport while pursuing a higher education free of charge. Many schools throughout the country reward thousands of college athletes with a free ride throughout their college journey.  Many schools require students to renew their contact every other year or every year. Unfortunately, there are students that get stripped of their scholarship due to becoming ineligible to fulfill their promises in the contact. These can be from of unexpected pregnancies, bad grades, etc. But there are times in which a player may become injured and scripted of their scholarship. The question is whether or not it is a good PR move on the schools part to do this.

One key example that comes to my mind is Kevin Ware. Kevin Ware is a second year shooting guard out of the University of Louisville. Ware recently suffered an injury to his right leg during this year’s NCAA March Madness tournament. It was one of most graphic injuries that I’ve ever seen. It was so bad that CBS had to immediately stop showing replays during the live broadcast of the game. For those with a strong stomach I suggest stop reading for a minutes and go take a look at it. Those of you that are scared of becoming scarred for life, simply read on.

Kevin Ware during his sophomore at Louisville (Pic from Self.com)

The saddest part of the Kevin Ware story is that there is a strong chance that he could lose his scholarship for a year and be focused to pay for the medical bills himself. Louisville is one of those schools that renew their players and coaches scholarship every other year. Although they have the right to take it away I feel that it would not be a smart move to do so. Reason why is because this story has gotten so much attention in the media. The injury was so graphic that everyone, even non NCAA fans were drawn to the story. The way that Ware’s teammates were emotionally affected by the injury was a strong narrative. It’s no secret that Louisville could become the bad guys in this story. With that said the question remains: Under what circumstances is it wrong for schools to script away scholarships?

 

 

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