- Sep 26, 2010
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I think the grandfathered in schools can all offer scholarships. There may be some other instances of grandfathering in lower level schools who traditionally played D1 in one sport. Lacrosse comes to mind.I think an important thing with "grandfathered" DIII schools that had DI programs was the ability to still offer athletic scholarships just in those programs.
There (used to be?) different groups of DIII schools playing DI hockey, those that could offer scholarships and those that could not (came after the grandfathering).
I'm not positive, but that particular aspect of the rules (maybe just in hockey?) might've have been done away with very recently, so that now any DI "play-up" can offer them.
There are good reasons to no longer allow schools to play up in one sport except these legacy programs. You'd have a bunch of schools go D1 in basketball only with the hopes of getting into the NCAA tournament, and if you only had one D1 sport at your school, you could fund it over and above everything else, which would probably violate title IX or something.