Terry Wilson will not take advantage of the NCAA’s blanket waiver for an additional year of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an exclusive interview with Shawn Smith and Derek Terry of the Kentucky Daily podcast, the UK quarterback said that while he supports the NCAA’s decision and feels it’s the right call on their part, the 2020 college football season will be his “last ride.”
“I would hope [the NCAA] would do that for guys,” Wilson said on Kentucky Daily. “As for me, this is the last ride, my last year. But I honestly think it was a good decision for them because there are guys who are freshmen and sophomores who don’t want to lose that year of eligibility, so I feel like it’s a good thing.”
According to the NCAA Division I Council’s ruling, fall sport athletes will be allowed to appear in any number of games this season and not lose a season of eligibility, regardless of what happens in 2020.
For seniors who would have played their final season this fall, they will not count toward next year’s scholarship limit. However, schools will not be required to match their financial obligation to the player. Even though the player has one year of eligibility remaining, the school can reduce or completely cut their scholarship.
Football programs are limited to 85 scholarship players per year, with Kentucky set to have 17 seniors this season, potentially setting up 100-plus scholarships to account for in Lexington next year.
We don’t know which Wildcats will take the NCAA up on their offer, but we do know Terry Wilson won’t be one of them.
For Wilson’s complete appearance on Kentucky Daily, listen here: