Originally Posted by bucksfan2
This isn't only a UK thing but the only time I have really heard it brought up is by UK fans. Its true that a scholarship is renewed on a year in year out basis. IMO it would be bush league to pull a scholarship because a player didn't perform the way you wanted him to. I would imagine that if you pulled scholarships once that would alarm people, if you pulled a couple that would really turn people off.
Guys like Harrow and Wiltjer may not have had a good season, but there are about 300 division one programs that would take those two. Heck as an OSU fan, even though I don't think Wiltjer is all that good, I would love for him to come off the bench and play 10-15 minutes for the Bucks. UK fans have been spoiled by Cal getting freshman to come in and play at a high level, that isn't exactly what happens all the time. Freshman by and large are frustrating and are awful at times, that is why generally they have 3 more years to develop.
To actually answer your question Bucksfan, yes it is a one year scholarship, renewable at the school's discretion.
However, you're probably correct that if a coach was openly pulling scholarships it would reflect badly on the program, which is why the coach and the player come to a "mutual" understanding that the player's best interests lie elsewhere. Generally, a player will decide to transfer and the coach will help him by contacting coaches at the universities he is interested in.
I suppose it could backfire on a university if they are really adamant about pulling the scholarship from a player who really wanted to stay, but in the end if a university pulls a scholarship from a kid it has a little egg on its face and the kid is then left with no scholarship and is left searching for a new place to play anyway.