I have an ethical dilemma.
Actually, that’s not true at all. No dilemmas here. But I THOUGHT of an ethical dilemma that would be a tough one for anyone who actually has deal with those kinds of things.
Imagine you are a basketball coach. You have a certain number of scholarships to give to your players, and that number is set in stone—no flexibility whatsoever.
One of your star players has decided to enter the NBA Draft, thus freeing up one scholarship. As a sign of good faith, you decide to give that scholarship to a walk-on who has been a part of your program for a couple years. He doesn’t see much playing time, but you still value his contribution.
Now the dilemma.
You’re in your office one day when you get a phone call. It’s a tip about an athlete who is not only a very good basketball player, but also very interested in BYU. He is receiving a lot of interest (even offers) from some elite programs around the country, but after meeting with him it is made clear that this guy is yours to lose.
You have two scholarships to give, but they are already taken by other recruits. Good recruits.
Now it’s a coach’s prerogative to evaluate each player after each season and either grant or remove scholarships based on this evaluation. So you could, in theory, strip one of your players of his scholarship and offer it to a new recruit.
My question: Would you, as the coach in this situation, strip a player of his scholarship (in this case the former walk-on) to offer it to a better athlete who will most certainly make a bigger contribution to the team?
What do you think?