Stutter Step is a freshman track student-athlete at Ocean State University (OSU). Stutter is receiving a full athletic scholarship during the 2014-15 academic year. The OSU football coaches have talked to Stutter about playing football next year. If Stutter plays football during the 2015-16 academic year and receives athletic aid, does he have to count as an initial counter in the sport of football since he received athletic aid the previous year for a different sport?
Yes. NCAA Bylaw 18.104.22.168.1 states that a counter who previously has not been counted in football shall be considered an initial counter even though the student-athlete already has received countable financial aid in another sport.