I think all scholarships are still year to year. I think there was an effort to offer 4 year scholarship up front but since in the big sports the super stars were not interested in committing to four years, I think the effort died. Also, in men's sports other than football and basketball, you get a partial scholarship sometimes as small as a 1/4.So, if someone with a Div I or Div II baseball player could answer , Is the scholarship money still year to year ?
When my son was potentially getting recruited for swimming, we talked to our club coach about all the inane rules that were in place at the time. For example, at the time, no offers could be made or official visits made until the beginning of his senior year. The club coach said it was an attempt to make it an even playing field financially. I think that is what you will have happen with this; some schools will not want to add scholarships because of the financial impacts.That is an interesting question. That 5th year Senior might be the best player on the team. The incoming Freshman might have considered that opening for a position when deciding what school to go to.
Also, do they loosen up the scholarship rules. Basically any "extra" year player, his scholarship does not count toward the schools allotment? I can see some schools getting in a little bit of a tough situation where they thought there were going to be some scholarships opening up due to graduation that are still being used next year.