Swinney discusses idea of lifetime scholarships


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Maryland announced back in July 2014 that it would guarantee 'lifetime scholarships' for their student athletes in both revenue and non-revenue sports.

The Terrapins' student athletes have the opportunity to come back to Maryland to earn their degree even after their eligibility has been exhausted due to a professional career, injury and other various reasons.

It has been called the "The Maryland Way Guarantee" by Maryland officials and includes tuition, books and pays for all fees for the student athlete.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney was asked about the idea of lifetime scholarships.

"We’ve been doing that for years — that’s old news,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney told the AJC. "We’ve been doing that forever here at Clemson. We’ve been doing that since way before I came to Clemson. If you’ve come to Clemson and you leave, unless there’s some kind of issue, you come back here and you finish your degree."

"We’ve got a guy named Roscoe Crosby here now that signed with Clemson before I got here," Swinney said. "He’s 31 years old now, and he’s back in school. He signed here in 2001. We’ve been doing that for a long time. I remember when that made news, and I just kind of laughed, to be honest with you. That’s going on for a long, long time so I guess people are just now finding out about it. But we have a great university here that does a great job of fulfilling our obligation of graduating our players. It’s not an entitlement. Everybody has to do their part. It is a responsibility."

"My philosophy has always been ‘I don’t care who it is," Swinney said. "I don’t care if it’s CJ Spiller, who leaves here and makes all kinds of money.’ Our responsibility is to graduate them, and to pay for that. This university has done that for years and years and years."

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