Report: Additional year of eligibility unlikely to come for winter college athletes
With the winter sports season coming to an abrupt halt last week and several college basketball players missing out on the opportunity to participate in conference tournaments and March Madness, the idea of an extra year of eligibility for those student-athletes surfaced. But it may not gain any steam, according to one report.
College basketball insider Jon Rothstein reported on Wednesday that the NCAA is unlikely to grant an additional year of eligibility to student-athletes who participate in winter events. That means, for some, their collegiate careers come to an end without the opportunity to compete for a conference or national championship.
Sources: The NCAA is unlikely to grant an extra year of eligibility for student athletes who participated in winter sports and had their seasons cut short due to coronavirus.
An extra year of eligibility is still in play for student athletes involved with spring sports.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) March 18, 2020
According to Rothstein, an extra year of eligibility is still a possibility for student-athletes participating in spring sports. The NCAA and several conferences have delayed, postponed or canceled several events in the winter and spring.
It will be interesting to see what the NCAA does in the coming weeks and months. But for seniors in winter sports, it sounds as though their collegiate careers are over.