It wasn't even a week ago that the NCAA made the shocking decision to officially cancel the NCAA Tournament. The unprecedented move is an unfortunate, abrupt end for the college careers of many.
The move doesn't just impact men's and women's basketball, but many other winter sports. Spring championships have also been canceled by the NCAA. There is some hope that the organization can do something for the athletes that have had almost their entire seasons, and full postseasons, wiped out.
For sports like baseball, softball, lacrosse, and track & field, there is still some hope. Most should be able to get behind a rule allowing those players to play another year. There are definite complications, but those sports also don't have the same strict scholarship guidelines as Division I college football and basketball, at least in many cases.
Winter sports is a more difficult situation. It would be nice to do something for the seniors who lost their chance to play in front of the world this month. It is tricky, though, to figure out how to balance rosters. It would be great to see the NCAA figure something out for them, but per college hoops insider Jon Rothstein, it is unlikely for the winter athletes.
In a less crazy situation, we'd be getting ready for the second night of First Four games today. Tomorrow would be the tip off of the NCAA Tournament's first round. Instead, we're all quarantining and social distancing. And things are obviously worse for those who hoped to make history this week. Ultimately, the right decision was made given the severity of the virus and its spread. We'll have more as the NCAA figures out how it is handling this unprecedented situation. [
Sources: The NCAA is unlikely to grant an extra year of eligibility for student athletes who participated in winter sports and had their seasons cut short due to coronavirus.
An extra year of eligibility is still in play for student athletes involved with spring sports.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) March 18, 2020