Opinion: Scholarships are to be earned yearly

With Arizona already having one player transferring and another coming, there is a debate as to how coaches should handle transfers.

With Arizona having at least one impending transfer, one of the main consistencies is that there is disagreement from fans as to the moral aspect of players having to transfer and the idea of a scholarship being renewed from one year to the next.

There are certainly legit arguments to be made from both sides, but the most legitimate argument may be the fact that scholarships are earned, not given.

For instance, a student at a university can lose an academic scholarship at any time. If a student fails to meet the criteria set out by the university, often times that scholarship is pulled.

When referring to that criteria, it could be academic, legal, behavioral, and more. Thus, the question that is brought up is why athletes should be any different.

The answer, at least in this writer's opinion, is that they shouldn't.

Athletic scholarships are earned in high school, while some earn them in college by contributing a large amount to a program.

Often times in football, you will see a player that was originally a walk-on improve and eventually earn a scholarship.

If a player is given a scholarship coming out of high school and fails to perform on the court, is the player still worth letting go to school for free?

That is not to say that the player is simply not good enough to play the sport any more, but rather that he or she may need to find a better fit in order to maximize their potential.

There are a lot of coaches that have their own interests in mind, but there are others that tend to recommend transfers because it is simply the best situation for the player.

One look at Daniel Bejarano's situation next year and you can see that he falls into the latter category.

With Josiah Turner and Nick Johnson coming in, Bejarano's playing time certainly was not going to increase.

Bejarano was made aware of that situation and the coaching staff is currently working with him in order to make sure that he finds a situation that is going to help him succeed in the future.

In other cases, a player in a similar position may not be deserving of this help because of issues that are affecting the program.

If a player is affecting the overall attitude of a program, but is contributing on a court, is that player still entitled to the scholarship?

This is another question that can be argued plenty, but a lot of coaches will say that the success of a team starts with its attitude.

There are numerous examples of why players transfer and each should likely be taken on a case by case basis.

However, in this day and age, the fact remains that scholarships are a privilege and not something to be taken lightly.

There are plenty of players that deserve scholarships on varying levels and will work hard to get one.

If a player does not cut it in whatever manner it may be, it remains difficult to make the argument that he or she should be taking that scholarship away from somebody more deserving.

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