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MM 8.18: NCAA declares 2021-22 recruits not required to take SAT/ACT for eligibility

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This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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The NCAA announced Monday that 2021 recruits won’t be required to take the SAT or ACT in order to be eligible for Division I or II sports.

The decision came in the wake of numerous standardized tests getting canceled across the country due to COVID-19’s prolonged outbreak.

Student-athletes will be required by the NCAA to uphold a 2.3 GPA to remain academically eligible at the Division I level. Division II student-athletes will need a 2.2 GPA to keep their eligibility.

According to the release, nearly 23 percent of all Division I schools have adopted test-optional policies since mid-July for this academic year, a potential shift towards more and more schools moving away from standardized tests coming years.

In other news

NCAA Senior Vice President of Basketball Dan Gavitt released a statement regarding the start of this year’s college basketball season.

Former Terp Brandon Lowe was named the American League Player of the Week on Monday.

Former Maryland football player Stefon Diggs flashed his new threads ahead of the 2020 NFL season.

Anthony Cowan Jr. talked about the importance of family throughout his Maryland career.

Maryland women’s soccer head coach Ray Leone talked about this season getting canceled along with other coaches and players from the Big Ten.