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NCAA Rules On Additional Eligibility For Winter, Spring Student-Athletes

Center court of an NCAA Tournament basketball court.

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 15: A general view of the court with March Madness signage is seen prior to the start of the game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Rhode Island Rams in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at PPG PAINTS Arena on March 15, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

With nearly all college campuses closed down due to coronavirus concerns, the NCAA has canceled all sports for remainder of the year. That leaves a number of student-athletes slated to play spring sports that won't get a chance to.

Winter sport athletes also did not get to have their season completed. For a while the NCAA has been weighing whether to grant waivers and extra eligibility for winter and spring-sport student athletes. Now the college governing body has reportedly come to a decision.

The NCAA just announced that the Division I Council voted to "provide spring-sport student-athletes an additional season of competition and an extension of their period of eligibility." Scholarships will be left to the discretion of each school. Schools can offer as much as they did this year, or less if they're so inclined.

Winter sport athletes will not gain an extra year of eligibility, which was the expected ruling.

Additionally, it looks like the NCAA ruled that seniors choosing to return for an extra year will not count towards the scholarship limits. This is huge news for schools when it comes to roster management.

"Members also adjusted financial aid rules to allow teams to carry more members on scholarship to account for incoming recruits and student-athletes who had been in their last year of eligibility who decide to stay," the NCAA wrote in its release."

Did the NCAA make the right decisions here?