The NCAA made the right move for once.
Maybe this is a sign that the coronavirus really is the end of the world.
All jokes aside, it appears credit is due for the NCAA as it appears spring athletes that lost their season seniors due to the cancelation of their sports will be granted an extra year of eligibility if they so chose to take it. This comes after the NCAA shut down all spring and winter championship sports on Thursday following the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Jeff Goodman of Stadium was the first to report the news. Here’s what Goodman shared online:
“The NCAA’s Council Coordination Committee has agreed to grant relief for the use of a season of competition for student-athletes who have participated in spring sports. Committee will also discuss issues for winter sport student-athletes.”
Goodman’s report was then followed by a similar one from Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic. Here’s what she shared on Friday afternoon:
“Per source, NCAA sent a note to membership today saying it believes ‘it will be appropriate to grant relief for the use of a season for competition for student-athletes who have participated in spring sports.’ NCAA will start working on issues tied to this & winter athletes.”
This would appear to be great news for any college athlete that saw their spring season end prematurely this week. This is something Jay Bilas has been calling for and it appears the NCAA finally is willing to listen to common sense ideas.
UPDATE: Following these reports, the NCAA issued the following statement regarding immediate eligibility.
“Council leadership agreed that eligibility relief is appropriate for all Division I student-athletes who participated in spring sports. Details of eligibility relief will be finalized at a later time. Additional issues with NCAA rules must be addressed, and appropriate governance bodies will work through those in the coming days and weeks.”
Article courtesy of Michael Wayne Bratton – saturdaydownsouth.com