"CIS is exploring what (UVic AD Clint) Hamilton calls 'a flexible scholarship model.' This model would remove the per-student cap, which would allow Canadian universities to give free-rides for key players. It would still limit the total amount of money available per sport.It also sounds like "rethink(ing) scholarship eligibility rules as well," which would be the big game-changer, is a non-starter. That would just be, well, too American.
"For example, a basketball program could have a scholarship budget of $30,000 under the proposed model, and they would have to determine how many full-ride scholarships were offered out of that pot. Currently, universities can only offer athletic scholarships which fund tuition and mandatory fees.
"UBC has been one of the key players in initiating the review and have long considered making the jump into NCAA membership because it would give the school more financial flexibility. The university gave out over $500,000 in athletic scholarships this year, but have argued that they are unable to keep the best local athletes in Canada due to scholarship restrictions."
"UBC’s Athletic Director Bob Philip said flexibility isn’t enough.Coaches and athletes no doubt have stronger opinions; for a fan, it's more like, call us when you take decisive action. The article also notes UBC is still mulling a move to the NCAA.
" ... 'We think they should adopt the NCAA rule and the NCAA rule says if you are eligible to play sports, you are eligible to receive an athletic award,' Philip said.
" ...Hamilton said any proposals to change the eligibility rules would doom any other changes to failure when the CIS membership votes on them in June.
CIS scholarship rules under review; Flexible model may stop UBC from defecting to NCAA (The Ubyssey)