NCAA grants extra year of eligibility for fall sport athletes


NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JANUARY 13: Head coach Ed Orgeron of the LSU Tigers and Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers celebrate with the trophy after defeating the Clemson Tigers 42-25 in the College Football Playoff National Championship game at Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 13, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

The NCAA Board of Directors voted to give all fall sports student-athletes an additional year of eligibility. Moreover, schools cannot cancel or reduce scholarships if an athlete of any sport opts out due to COVID-19 concerns.

Regarding fall championships, the board accepted the DI Council’s recommendation to move those games to the spring but “only if they can be conducted safely and in accordance with federal, state and local health guidelines.”

The Football Oversight Committee also suggested schools with postponed football seasons compete in spring 2021.

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