On Friday, one day after the coronavirus-forced cancellation of the NCAA Tournament and mass cancellations across college sports, including the cancellation of all spring sports, the NCAA Division I Council Committee recommended “eligibility relief” for student-athletes in spring sports.
“Details of eligibility relief will be finalized at a later time,” the committee said. “Additional issues with NCAA rules must be addressed, and appropriate governance bodies will work through those in the coming days and week.”
Awarding eligibility relief is the right move. It is also, however, a move that will spark unprecedented chaos across college sports. Will rosters expand to allow for the unexpected return of seniors? Where will additional scholarship money, in some cases millions or tens of millions of dollars for athletic departments, come from?
On this week’s High Motor podcast (after Louisville insider Nick Coffey broke down Rick Pitino’s return to college basketball), we discussed the scholarship and roster crisis facing the NCAA after the mass cancellations. Listen below (or on Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, or Stitcher).
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