With the cancellation of sports across all the major professional leagues as well as the NCAA, teams, athletes and fans have about a million questions on what this means across the board — who still gets paid? Will UVA get another championship celebration in both basketball and lacrosse? What does this mean for the seniors?
Understandably, there aren’t a ton of answers right now as things unfold at breakneck speed. But the NCAA is certainly working towards it. Multiple reports on Twitter are saying that the NCAA will be granting an additional season of competition to student-athletes of spring sports, but no decision has yet been made for those who compete in winter sports.
The NCAA’s Council Coordination Committee has agreed to grant relief for the use of a season of competition for student-athletes who have participated in spring sports.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) March 13, 2020
Committee will also discuss issues for winter sport student-athletes.
Per source, NCAA sent a note to membership today saying it believes "it will be appropriate to grant relief for the use of a season for competition for student-athletes who have participated in spring sports."— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) March 13, 2020
NCAA will start working on issues tied to this & winter athletes.
Got confirmation from NCAA:— Brentley Romine (@BrentleyGC) March 13, 2020
Additional season of competition will be granted to student-athletes who have participated in spring sports. Details not finalized yet. Winter sports still being discussed.
Obviously, the specifics are still being worked on. One of the biggest questions would be whether this applies to fifth-year seniors who may have transferred or redshirted somewhere along the way. If so, what does that mean for the number of available scholarships a school can use, given the incoming scholarship freshmen next year?
We’ll keep you posted on details as they arise and as the story unfolds. We expect this to continue to take a few more twists and turns before we get true clarity here.