The NCAA voted to give Division I an additional year of eligibility to athletes


The NCAA Division I board of directors voted Friday to give all Fall Sport student-athletes an additional year of eligibility and an additional year to complete it through a blanket waiver.

Falling sports removes a cloud of uncertainty for athletes, whose seasons have been postponed or may be further disrupted due to the ongoing coronovirus epidemic.

The additional year of eligibility, which was recommended to the Board of Directors earlier this week by the NCAA’s Division I Council, was one of several decisions Friday aimed at student-athletes during COVID-19 on Friday Had to protect.

The board also determined on Friday that schools may not require student-athletes to waive their legal rights regarding COVID-19 as a condition of participation. Schools are also prohibited from canceling or reducing scholarships if an athlete has decided not to participate due to COVID-19.

West Virginia Athletic Director Shane Leon, who heads the Football Oversight Committee, said the top question he has received from student-athletes is about his eligibility during a season of uncertainty.

“Providing clarity and removing that uncertainty from their minds is something that’s going to be very rewarding as we move forward,” Lyons said. “Not having a normal season, not having that normal 20 games in football, or 28 matches in volleyball, and even football not sure what to look like that season, was the number-1 concern that student-athletes have. Was, a piece of entitlement. ”

Although Lyons described it as a win for student-athletes, he acknowledged that it could be difficult to manage the scholarships and rosters of future teams.

“We’ll have to see what was right for the student-athlete for this position,” Lyons said. “The eligibility piece, without question in my mind, is a win for them. As administrators, as coaches, we have to deal with a potential backlog on the back end, but I am confident that we are making this an annual. The base has been done in other situations. It may be in greater numbers, but we can work through it to reflect the general attraction on your rosters as well as the athletes they play with in the coming years. Time and discuss their interest in. Potentially shifting to other institutions.

“It all works in its own way. We had to see what was in front of us today, and he’s caring for the athletes on our rosters right now.”

The Board of Directors on Friday made a commitment to work to host the “Scaled-Back Fall Championship in Spring” for Division I. Board members cautioned that the fall championships should be played only in the spring if they can be run safely and according to federal, state and local health guidelines. Any final decision on the size and structure of the bracket will be approved by the board.

The NCAA said in a release that the priority is to “preserve opportunities for winter and spring sports student-athletes who did not have a chance to participate in the NCAA Championships in 2019-20.”

“We want to provide opportunities for student-athletes whenever possible,” said Texas State President Dennis Truth. “We understand that it will be complex and different, and we are not sure what it will look like. But we believe it is important to try to give students a championship experience.”

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