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posted 10-06-2020 11:51 AM      Profile for catmandoo   Email catmandoo   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Leading up to college football season, the NCAA announced it would allow student-athletes participating in fall sports to play or sit out a year without using a year of eligibility. In essence, due to the uncertain circumstances that come with playing sports during the Covid-19 pandemic, it is a free year for student-athletes to make the best decisions for themselves.

With that move being made for fall sports, could we see the same happen for winter sport athletes, and thus, college basketball players?

According to college basketball insider Jeff Goodman, discussions have already begun regarding the matter, with the men’s basketball oversight committee speaking today in preparation of a vote on Oct. 13-14.

Outside of the question of adding a year of eligibility, they also discussed scheduling issues regarding the total number of games this winter.

“Men’s basketball oversight committee [met] today,” Goodman reported. “Among the topics [discussed were] whether basketball players/winter sports should receive an additional season of competition [and] whether to change parameters of 27-game limit. Right now have to play in an MTE to get to 27.”

How did things go? Goodman is reporting that while there’s a consensus that “some sort of relief” is necessary, it might be too early to make the call on a full year of added eligibility.

“Told that the oversight committees do not appear to be quite ready to move on whether winter athletes should get an additional year,” Goodman reported. ‘“It’s understood they will get some sort of relief, it’s just a matter of when and to what extent,” said one source on the call.”



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