NCAA to offer spring athletes extra year of eligibility after canceled seasons

first_imgMany athletes were shellshocked upon learning the news that the NCAA canceled its winter and spring championship events, especially the seniors who missed out on getting to partake in one last March Madness tournament.The decision left many in the sports world, including long-time ESPN analyst Dick Vitale, to call for the NCAA to grant those seniors an extra year of eligibility.  Many were excited about the news, but it still raises a lot of questions. It’s unclear how this decision will affect incoming freshman as teams have limited scholarship numbers.As for the men’s and women’s basketball players who missed out on this year’s NCAA Tournament, as well as other winter athletes, that’s still to be decided.Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, one of the most prominent figures in college basketball, made the case for giving those seniors an extra year of eligibility.After COVID-19 pandemic wiped out “one of the gifts that our country has” in March Madness, Duke’s Coach K calls for “open mindedness” and says NCAA should give senior players an extra year of eligibility.— Stephen Wiseman (@stevewisemanNC) March 13, 2020 What about the @NCAA giving the seniors an extra yr of eligibility ? If graduated they can work towards a Masters.Heart hurts for those seniors that wanted that ONE SHINING MOMENT ala Luca Garza, Cassius Winston , Killian Tillie,Myles Powell , Markus Howard @ESPNPR— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) March 12, 2020Dickie V’s dome might have been on the right track. On Friday afternoon, the Division I Council Coordination Committee declared that “eligibility relief is appropriate for spring sports.”Division I Council Coordination Committee agrees eligibility relief is appropriate for spring sports:— Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) March 13, 2020MORE:  Dayton’s ‘magical’ season ends as NCAA Tournament’s biggest ‘what if’last_img read more