Will Nate Sestina get an extra year of eligibility? We’ll find out next week.
According to Jeff Goodman, on Monday, the NCAA will vote on whether winter and spring athletes should receive an additional year of eligibility due to the coronavirus pandemic. The NCAA has already said it will grant relief for spring sport athletes (baseball, golf, lacrosse, softball, tennis, indoor track and field), but hasn’t specified the details or mentioned anything about winter sports (basketball, gymnastics, rifle, swimming and diving, track and field).
Yesterday, John Calipari said spring sport athletes should absolutely get an additional year of eligibility, but the logistics are a lot trickier when you look at winter sports like basketball, whose regular seasons were already over when the cancellations began.
“Well, first of all let me hit the spring. They’re not having their season. So, they have to do something for them. There are unintended consequences for us as basketball where we all played our whole regular season. We missed postseason. For seniors, how many of them would have played in the NCAA Tournament? How many of them would have really advanced in the NCAA Tournament? What does it do to scholarship levels? What does it do to incoming freshmen? There were four freshmen who went to a school because those five seniors were graduating. They (the seniors) came back. They (the freshmen) don’t want to go to that school. Can they transfer? If there are seniors, 70 that come back and you give them an extra year, can they become grad transfers? Well, you can’t stop them from that. That’s their right. Now do we have more? I mean there are unintended consequences.
“Would I love to have our man back, Nate, for another year? Absolutely. But there are things and decisions that they have to make some of it financially. Now, if you give three more scholarships to the men’s program, you’re going to have to give three more scholarships to the women’s program. Six more scholarships at $40,000. I mean, there are things that they’ve got to walk through. Do I think the kids should have that year? It would be great if there was some way to work it out for those seniors.”
We’ll find out soon enough.