This issue came up earlier in another thread.
This is a new rule that was just adopted. It is at the discretion of the individual schools as to whether the scholarships are multi-year(2-4 years)scholarships. Maybe Utah is choosing to not make these scholarships multi-year scholarships.
Very hard for me to believe that all of these players are leaving voluntarily.
From my earlier post:
I'm pretty sure, this article says that it is technically at the discretion of the school as to whether the scholarship is a multi-year scholarship. I was wrong, the scholarships can actually be awarded for any where from 2-4 years, not just 4 years. I am assuming that all schools would give out 4 year scholarships so as to give the impression that they stand behind the player 100% and are not going to cut him/her loose at the first opportunity when they find a better player.
There was an override vote in February 2012 to repeal this rule, but the override vote failed, so the new rule is still in effect. This new rule was also adopted in conjunction with paying the players approximately $2,000/year from now on for incidental expenses not covered by their scholarship. The $2k rule is still under review. However, due to a later delay/review in implementing the $2k rule after the $2k rule was first passed into rule:
"Recruits who signed national letters-of-intent in November will be able to collect the money they were promised. Those who sign in February and April will not get that money, said David Berst, the NCAA's vice president for governance in Division I."
"The board also approved a measure that will give individual schools the authority to award scholarships on a multiple-year basis.
Under the current model, those scholarships are renewed annually and can be revoked for any reason. If adopted, schools could guarantee scholarships for the player's entire career and would be unable to revoke it based solely on athletic performance. Scholarships could still be pulled for reasons such as poor grades, academic misconduct or other forms of improper behavior.
Ridpath said he's personally been involved with 50 or 60 appeals cases after a coach pulled a player's scholarship.
'The reason usually is they find a prettier girl to bring to the dance,' he said. 'If you're Frank Beamer or Nick Saban, they make a lot of money, and they should be able to coach that kid up.'"
"Critics of the annual scholarships had said athletes were unfairly losing them for poor performance or after they had become injured."