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NCAA grants spring sport athletes extra year of eligibility



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A referee holds a basketball March 6 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Colin Kulpa

The NCAA Division I Council voted Monday to grant an extra year of eligibility to all spring athletes whose seasons were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Winter sport athletes whose seasons were cut short will not receive an extra year of eligibility, according to a press release sent out to the NCAA. IU athletics hasn't yet released an official statement about the NCAA's decision.

Teams will be allowed to carry more athletes on scholarships to account for incoming athletes as well as athletes returning for an extra year.

Individual schools will decide how much financial aid to offer athletes. Schools can offer any amount equal or lesser to the amount the athlete received this year.

The financial flexibility will only be offered to athletes who would not have been eligible after the 2019-2020 season, according to the release.

The roster limit for collegiate baseball, the only spring sport with a roster limit, will be increased to allow seniors to return without affecting roster space.

The waiver comes after many athletes tweeted in support asking the NCAA to approve an extra year of eligibility for all athletes.

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