Report: NCAA makes decision on extra year of eligibility for spring-sport athletes
With spring sports canceled across the NCAA due to the coronavirus outbreak, athletes are left out in the cold, with no season to look forward to.
So, what does that mean for athletes, especially the seniors? The NCAA reportedly reached a decision on an extra year of eligibility on Monday.
Per reports, the NCAA Division I Council has ruled that all spring-sport athletes will get an extra year of eligibility:
Source tells @TheAthleticCFB that the NCAA Division I Council has approved blanket waiver for all spring-sport athletes to get an extra year of eligibility. Schools will be able to offer less (or zero) aid or match what they provided this year. Up to each school for each athlete.
— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) March 30, 2020
The key component of today’s ruling is that it will be up to the schools to decide how much money they want to give to each returning athlete. They can give anywhere from 0% to what they got last year from a scholarship %.
— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) March 30, 2020
The catch, as you can see above, is that schools can decide if they want to continue to give money to those returning athletes.
That will certainly complicate the decision for players who schools decide not to give any extra money to. We’ll see what comes from this decision from the NCAA.