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NCAA pushes extra year of eligibility for athletes due to coronavirus

The NCAA has decided to address rule changes that would provide avenues for Division I student-athletes in spring sports to regain lost eligibility and is considering the possibility of enacting similar waivers for athletes in winter sports whose seasons were recently cut short. 

“Council leadership agreed that eligibility relief is appropriate for all Division I student-athletes who participated in spring sports,” the Division I Council Coordination Committee said in a statement.

In a letter to member schools, the committee said “that it will be appropriate to grant relief for the use of a season of competition for student-athletes who have participated in spring sports. The committee recognizes that several issues need to be addressed related to providing an additional season of competition, including financial aid implications.”

Syracuse forward Quincy Guerrier shoots the ball against North Carolina forward Garrison Brooks during the 2020 ACC tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum.

In addition to canceling the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, the NCAA announced on Thursday that all championships would be canceled through the end of the spring season. Spring sports include baseball, softball and men’s and women’s lacrosse.

Extending similar scholarship relief to those participating in winter sports, namely men’s and women’s basketball, will be discussed for student-athletes “who were unable to participate in conference or NCAA champions,” the letter continued.

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