We’re nearing a decision from the NCAA on the fate of those whose seasons ended prematurely as a result of COVID-19. The spread of the coronavirus cost us the end of the college basketball season, along with other winter sports, and the majority of the spring season.
Most seem to support giving senior spring athletes another year to finish their careers. We were only a month or so into most of those seasons. Baseball, softball, lacrosse, golf, and tennis are among the spring NCAA sports. Earlier this month, the eight-person Division I leadership council voted that eligibility relief for the spring sports is “appropriate.”
The winter sports are more complex. Rosters for sports like basketball are not very large, and allowing senior to play an extra year while programs already have 2020 classes locked in will really complicate things. At the same time, it is pretty devastating that a number of players missed their only chance to play in events like the NCAA Tournament.
We’re just days away from finding out how the NCAA will rule. The full Division I Council is set to vote on eligibility relief and other issues next Monday, March 30.
NCAA will vote on March 30 on whether winter and spring sports will receive an extra year, source told @Stadium.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) March 25, 2020
It seems fairly likely that spring sports get an extra year, but that winter sports will not. Even the spring sports relief will be costly to member schools.
Two weeks ago today, the NBA made the decision to suspend play after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert’s positive test for COVID-19. That started a cascading effect, with college conferences and eventually the NCAA canceling their events soon thereafter.
We should be watching Sweet 16 games starting tomorrow. Unfortunately, that is not the case, but the cancellation was appropriate given the severity of the virus. We’ll see how the NCAA handles things next week.