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When a student athlete leaves the university program to go pro, is there a penalty? Do the pros pay the university?

"The answer to the second part is no, professional teams do not pay universities when student athletes leave to embark on professional careers," said Jim Marchiony, an associate athletic director at Kansas University.

However, these student-athletes are expected to complete their academic work for the semester before they leave. If they don't, the athletics department may be penalized.

"In other words," Marchiony said, "under new NCAA academic-reporting guidelines, if they don't perform academically, it could count against the athletic department's academic record and could result in the loss of a scholarship."


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