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Schools Can Give Out 4-year Athletic Scholarships, But Many Don’t

Georgia wide receiver Chris Conley has become one of the most vocal advocates for college athletes’ rights. So it’s no surprise Conley says he views there being a “huge difference” between a one-year scholarship and a four-year scholarship for college players.

But ask Conley how many years his scholarship has technically been for during his career and he hesitates. Conley admits he’s uncertain.

Some head coaches, such as Georgia’s Mark Richt, “make a pledge to that kid for four years and that’s what he does,” Conley said. “But not every coach has to do that. They can make decisions on whether or not they want a player to be there. So it really comes down to that administration and coaching staff.”