The NCAA isn’t going to let a global pandemic deter them from doing what is morally wrong.
According to Dennis Dodd over at CBS Sports, several athletic directors are expressing concerns over the possibility of an extra year of eligibility for spring college athletes whose seasons were canceled due to the ongoing spread of the coronavirus.
What was once thought to be a slam dunk for spring sports athletes, the extra year of eligibility discussion has gone "sideways" per source a day before NCAA Council is scheduled to vote on the topic. https://t.co/cBizO73e9y
— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) March 29, 2020
Dodd wrote that one Power Five AD said conversations have gone “sideways” and he is apparently not alone in that view. And what appears to be the main issue holding everything up? Money, of course.
The NCAA recently announced that more than 60 percent of annual revenue distribution would be lost due to the canceled basketball tournaments.
Just one day after the NCAA decided to cancel both the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, they released a statement that could be interpreted as them implying that spring athletes would automatically receive an extra year of eligibility. But they also didn’t explicitly say that.
Division I Council Coordination Committee agrees eligibility relief is appropriate for spring sports: pic.twitter.com/u7hwYOyTDV
— Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) March 13, 2020
The common-sense answer is to give these student-athletes the extra year of eligibility that they earned, but it’s also an intricated issue. Not all of these student-athletes are on full-ride scholarships; a good chunk of them are on partial scholarships. Baseball and softball weren’t even halfway through their seasons before they were cut short. The decision is going to come down to how much money the NCAA and the universities involved are willing to spend in order to see if seniors will receive their justified extra year of eligibility.