Earlier this month, Clemson was among the 30 schools from BCS conferences to vote against the option of awarding multiyear scholarships. Swinney confirmed to CUTigers.com on Wednesday that Clemson will now make those offers available.
"Everybody will have to comply if our competition is offering four-year
scholarships," Swinney said in a statement. "Otherwise we will be at a
competitive disadvantage. So we will offer four-year scholarships as
Last October, the NCAA Division I board of directors approved a measure
that would permit – not require -- member institutions to award multiyear
In need of a five-eighths majority vote to overturn the measure, opponents
of multiyear scholarships fell two votes shy earlier this month. The vote
finalized the option for schools to offer multiyear scholarships, this
coming after several schools voiced their displeasure over the option.
Swinney was among those who took a stance against multiyear scholarships.
"I would be 100 percent against multiyear scholarships," he said before
the 2011 season. "That makes zero sense to me whatsoever. I've never been
a guy that's running people off. That's not my style. My philosophy is,
and I tell the staff this all the time, if we sign a guy, he's ours --
until graduation do we part."
He added, "A guy doesn't want to go to class, a guy is a discipline
problem, he's embarrassing your program, doing all these things, but yet
he's got a scholarship that's good for two years, or three years, or he's
lazy, doesn't want to show up -- I think the [multiyear scholarship is]
the wrong route to take."
majority of the schools that voted against multiyear scholarships were
Along with Clemson, Boston College, Florida State, Georgia Tech and
Virginia voted against multiyear scholarships.
Alabama, LSU, Tennessee and Texas A&M made up the SEC schools that were
against the measure.
Multiyear scholarships available
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