I just read Larry Mahoney’s article about three Maine men’s hockey players signing professional contracts (BDN, March 26). It seems like a rite of spring that a handful of players on this team finish their collegiate season, sign contracts, and leave Maine before the mud is dry.
I am then left wondering about the academic and financial issues surrounding this. The university calendar indicates that there is more than a month left in the term. What happens to their current coursework? How about progress toward a degree? They may still value the academic side of their experience at Maine. It would be nice to indicate if this is so.
I would also assume that these players were on scholarship. What happens there? These players are now earning more than most Mainers, certainly more than their classmates who are still on campus. I would hope they are required to pay back any costs they were allowed to forgo on scholarship, plus some interest, given that they have elected to forgo the (hopefully) main reason for a university, the academic pursuit.
If these players are paying back the university — and I mean with direct cash rather than via ticket sales they generate, then that would also be newsworthy and should be included in BDN articles.
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