NCAA Mulling Extra Eligibility for Winter Sports

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The NCAA men’s basketball oversight committee is reportedly considering granting winter sports athletes an extra year of eligibility. The proposal could receive a vote from the Division I council as early as its next meeting, scheduled for Oct. 13-14.

The council already supported a similar motion for fall sports athletes. According to, the council recommended that student-athletes who opt out of competition, or whose seasons are affected by COVID-19 be granted an extension of their five-year eligibility period and an additional year of competition if they participate in 50 percent or less than the number of competitions allowed in each sports.  

“In this time of uncertainty, the council members are working to create additional flexibility for college athletes whose seasons have been negatively impacted by the pandemic,” said council chair M. Grace Calhoun, athletics director at Pennsylvania. “Every day things are changing in college sport, and we want to be as responsive as possible, with the best information, to help student-athletes and their families make important decisions for their future.”

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