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Official statement from the NCAA:

Division I Council extends eligibility for student-athletes impacted by COVID-19

Schools can authorize an additional season of competition and an extension of their period of eligibility

March 30, 2020 6:50pm


The Division I Council on Monday voted to allow schools to provide spring-sport student-athletes an additional season of competition and an extension of their period of eligibility.

Members also adjusted financial aid rules to allow teams to carry more members on scholarship to account for incoming recruits and student-athletes who had been in their last year of eligibility who decide to stay. In a nod to the financial uncertainty faced by higher education, the Council vote also provided schools with the flexibility to give students the opportunity to return for 2020-21 without requiring that athletics aid be provided at the same level awarded for 2019-20. This flexibility applies only to student-athletes who would have exhausted eligibility in 2019-20.

Schools also will have the ability to use the NCAA’s Student Assistance Fund to pay for scholarships for students who take advantage of the additional eligibility flexibility in 2020-21.

Division I rules limit student-athletes to four seasons of competition in a five-year period. The Council’s decision allows schools to self-apply waivers to restore one of those seasons of competition for student-athletes who had competed while eligible in the COVID-19-shortened 2020 spring season

The Council also will allow schools to self-apply a one-year extension of eligibility for spring-sport student-athletes, effectively extending each student’s five-year “clock” by a year. This decision was especially important for student-athletes who had reached the end of their five-year clock in 2020 and saw their seasons end abruptly.

“The Council’s decision gives individual schools the flexibility to make decisions at a campus level,” said Council chair M. Grace Calhoun, athletics director at Penn. “The Board of Governors encouraged conferences and schools to take action in the best interest of student-athletes and their communities, and now schools have the opportunity to do that.”

Winter sports were not included in the decision. Council members declined to extend eligibility for student-athletes in sports where all or much of their regular seasons were completed.

The Council also increased the roster limit in baseball for student-athletes impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the only spring sport with such a limit.

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DaBoot52 months
I could be wrong but i dont think this is for basketball
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saintlad7452 months
I can see it now. New excuse if an LSU team wins a championship next year. " Well, they wouldn't be there, if it wasn't for the extra year of their seniors , blah blah blah " It shouldn't count" " There should be an asteriK on their season" blah blah.
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Tigers1352 months
Having Marlon Taylor and Skylar Mays for another year would be nice
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RazzleDazzle52 months
So who will stay for an extra year of eligibility? Will this help the Tigers realistically? Any basketball players?
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SuckFickNaban52 months
Maybe Skylar will get med school started and stick around and play ball for a year but I doubt it. Wont make much of an impact to college basketball but baseball will be crazy deep next year
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JustinT3752 months
I still think LSU should hang 2020 National Championship banners for our Volleyball and Softball teams. They were dominate!! #1
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caliegeaux52 months
But did they dominant all year?
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Newage1552 months
Did we win the national championship? No. We don’t hang banners unless we won something.
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FlyinTiger9352 months
Sorry, basketball.
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Lsu10120552 months
Wasn't Joe Burrow the 4th string right fielder and finishing his doctorate? Im glad he will get another year of eligibility, he should try out for the Football team.
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luciouslou52 months
What about joe burrow
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MSUDawg9852 months
Technically he could go back. Back in the day Tim Dwight played for the Falcons and the following spring ran track for Iowa.
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Bamboozles52 months
Looks like they thought it through.
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CDawson52 months
Which in itself is pretty amazing for the NCAA.
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tigerMike52 months
The only landmine left is the Title 9 balance if a school has more men take the 5th year than women. Hopefully no one makes a stink of that...
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MSUDawg9852 months
I don't think there's going to be enforcement of any side issues related to this. That's just asking for nasty press. Did they already give the winter athletes another year? If not that's going to really screw the Track kids since they basically use winter indoor seasons for spring outdoors.
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