News Breaking: NCAA to grant additional year to some, discussing more

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Because the other thread has been infected with people arguing stupidity vs concern, this topic deserves it's own thread. There's a lot us who dont even wish to read into that thread any more, because matters better for PM are pinned into in-thread back and forths, and this is A big ISSUE with a definite evolving potential. People are understandably trying to avoid the back and forth about this mess. Please try to keep this thread void of covid19 news, and tit for tat.


https://www.si.com/college/2020/03/13/ncaa-grant-spring-athletes-relief-season-eligibility-coronavirus

https://247sports.com/college/virginia-tech/Article/Coronavirus-NCAA-to-grant-additional-year-of-eligibility-to-some-discussing-more-144994142/

Essentially, what we know at this point: "Players in spring sports get another year of eligibility," he wrote. "NCAA looking into what to do with those who played winter sports."
 
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I am guessing even if it does get worked out likewise for winter athletes, many will not choose to renew eligibility. Some will.
But having that opportunity does allow for fairness each deserves.
We're all gonna have to learnt to work together. We have that chance now. Coaches will work this out with the recruits, who are also in on the plan of us all having to work together- they're not gonna get it any differently by deciding to go with any other school/team... all will have the same plan in place.
 
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Because the other thread has been infected with people arguing stupidity vs concern, this topic deserves it's own thread. There's a lot us who dont even wish to read into that thread any more, because matters better for PM are pinned into in-thread back and forths, and this is A big ISSUE with a definite evolving potential. People are understandably trying to avoid the back and forth about this mess. Please try to keep this thread void of covid19 news, and tit for tat.


https://www.si.com/college/2020/03/13/ncaa-grant-spring-athletes-relief-season-eligibility-coronavirus

https://247sports.com/college/virginia-tech/Article/Coronavirus-NCAA-to-grant-additional-year-of-eligibility-to-some-discussing-more-144994142/

Essentially, what we know at this point: "Players in spring sports get another year of eligibility," he wrote. "NCAA looking into what to do with those who played winter sports."
This does not apply to basketball as it is a winter sport. It does apply to baseball, softball, golf, tennis, track and field and lacrosse.
 
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I doubt anything happens with regard to winter sport athletes’ eligibility. Their seasons were either over or mostly complete. It’s terrible that the NCAA tournament and NIT won’t be played, but that’s such a small part of the season as a whole that extending eligibility for another year is overkill, especially for seniors who might have already had plans for after graduation.

Extending eligibility for spring sports makes sense, they just started a few weeks ago. Basically everybody gets a medical redshirt.
 

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This does not apply to basketball as it is a winter sport. It does apply to baseball, softball, golf, tennis, track and field and lacrosse.
I doubt anything happens with regard to winter sport athletes’ eligibility. Their seasons were either over or mostly complete. It’s terrible that the NCAA tournament and NIT won’t be played, but that’s such a small part of the season as a whole that extending eligibility for another year is overkill, especially for seniors who might have already had plans for after graduation.

Extending eligibility for spring sports makes sense, they just started a few weeks ago. Basically everybody gets a medical redshirt.
The copy/pasted statement in the OP:
"NCAA looking into what to do with those who played winter sports."
 

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committee chair Dr. Grace Calhoun, the athletic director at the University of Pennsylvania, wrote that the committee will "also discuss issues related to seasons of competition for winter sport student-athletes who were unable to participate in conference and NCAA championships."

It's unclear what options, if any, will be considered for winter sports athletes. Because the season was nearly complete, there are significant logistical challenges. However, a source told ESPN that the committee members wanted to discuss the issue further.

Assuming the eligibility relief recommendations from the committee go into effect -- which is expected -- the NCAA will need to adjust its rules about scholarship limits. Those details are expected to be ironed out in the coming weeks.

Additionally, the NCAA suspended on-campus and off-campus recruiting for all Division I sports through April 15.

https://www.espn.com/college-sports/story/_/id/28898928/ncaa-discuss-granting-athletes-eligibility-relief
 

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The copy/pasted statement in the OP:
"NCAA looking into what to do with those who played winter sports."
It will never happen with basketball. Most schools have signed/allocated the bulk of their scholarships for next year. VCU only has one available scholarship with 5 seniors on the current team. No way they are going to increase the number of scholarships a basketball team can have to accommodate current seniors. And no way they are going to take signed scholarships away from incoming freshmen. It is a pipe dream and a logistics nightmare.
 
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committee chair Dr. Grace Calhoun, the athletic director at the University of Pennsylvania, wrote that the committee will "also discuss issues related to seasons of competition for winter sport student-athletes who were unable to participate in conference and NCAA championships."

It's unclear what options, if any, will be considered for winter sports athletes. Because the season was nearly complete, there are significant logistical challenges. However, a source told ESPN that the committee members wanted to discuss the issue further.

Assuming the eligibility relief recommendations from the committee go into effect -- which is expected -- the NCAA will need to adjust its rules about scholarship limits. Those details are expected to be ironed out in the coming weeks.

Additionally, the NCAA suspended on-campus and off-campus recruiting for all Division I sports through April 15.

https://www.espn.com/college-sports/story/_/id/28898928/ncaa-discuss-granting-athletes-eligibility-relief
Keep in mind, if the NCAA adjusts scholarship limits, the NCAA isn't the ones eating that cost. The cost of funding those additional scholarships would be on the schools and I just don't see that happening. VCU would have to come up with funding for up to 5 additional scholarships just for men's basketball.

The other slippery slope is when you expand scholarship limits to accommodate current seniors, you are going to have incoming freshman look at opportunities (or lack thereof) on next year's team and ask for releases from their scholarships. Also, the language above isn't specific to seniors. It says, "also discuss issues related to seasons of competition for winter sport student-athletes who were unable to participate in conference and NCAA championships." That language would cover the entire team. No way the entire basketball team gets another year of eligibility. It would be cost prohibitive for the schools.
 
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I think it would set a bad precedent if this were to happen for basketball. Maybe, MAYBE grant another year of eligibility to teams who would have been in March Madness (have the Selection Committee decide that), but to grant it to all 351 teams in Division I would be really difficult. The best majority of the teams played their entire season including conference tournaments. It's a bummer that the NCAAT was canceled; we're all disappointed about that for sure, but at the end of the day, stuff happens and life doesnt always pay back what it takes away.
 
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It will never happen with basketball. Most schools have signed/allocated the bulk of their scholarships for next year. VCU only has one available scholarship with 5 seniors on the current team. No way they are going to increase the number of scholarships a basketball team can have to accommodate current seniors. And no way they are going to take signed scholarships away from incoming freshmen. It is a pipe dream and a logistics nightmare.
Umm, the same problem is true with spring sports, and as the PR said, they're going to change the scholarship allotment. This would be a windfall for teams like VCU where there were a lot of seniors if the seniors decided to return. We would get 18 scholarships for next year.
 

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I think it would set a bad precedent if this were to happen for basketball. Maybe, MAYBE grant another year of eligibility to teams who would have been in March Madness (have the Selection Committee decide that), but to grant it to all 351 teams in Division I would be really difficult. The best majority of the teams played their entire season including conference tournaments. It's a bummer that the NCAAT was canceled; we're all disappointed about that for sure, but at the end of the day, stuff happens and life doesnt always pay back what it takes away.
Bad precedent how? That when there's a global pandemic and the NCAA has to be canceled, seniors have the option to play one more year?

I gotta say, there's a lot of hatred against seniors here.
 
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