Reports: NCAA to Grant Relief to Spring Sport Athletes

(Photo Courtesy of Penn State Athletics)

According to multiple reports, including an initial report from Jeff Goodman of Stadium, the NCAA Council Coordination Committee has voted to grant relief to spring sport athletes. 

The news does answer one of the biggest questions that has been swirling around the college sports world in the wake of the NCAA’s decision to cancel all remaining winter and spring championships due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.

And while this reported decision has been championed by many, thre are still questions that remain for each individual player and multiple conferences. 

Many players now have to weigh their options of coming back for a fifth year or deciding to go ahead and pursue a professional career or other post-collegiate opportunities. 

Additionally, the impact of the NCAA’s reported decision on conferences like the Ivy League or Patriot League has yet to be seen. Both conferences do not allow graduate students to play in sports. There is also the question of what the ramifications are from a financial standpoint due this decision. 

Update (March 13th, 4:15pm):

The NCAA Division I Council Coordination Committee has officially announced that spring sport athletes will be given grief. Also, the DIII Administrative Committee voted similarly and also has allowed flexibility for schools to provide travel, lodging, and meals as a result of campus displacement. 

Update (March 13th, 7:09pm):

The NCAA DII Administrative Committee has announced that they have voted to grant spring sport athletes an additional year of eligibility. 

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