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NCAA grants extra year of eligibility for spring sport student athletes

With their season cut short, seniors will have the option to return for another year in 2021.

Maryland men’s lacrosse huddle, 2020 Sarah Sopher / Testudo Times

One day after the cancelation of the NCAA Tournament and the Big Ten tournament, the NCAA Division I Council Coordination Committee announced that spring sport student athletes would be granted an additional year of eligibility.

“Council leadership agreed that eligibility relief is appropriate for all Division I student-athletes who participated in spring sports,” the NCAA said in a statement released Friday. “Details of eligibility relief will be finalized at a later time.

“Additional issues with NCAA rules must be addressed, and appropriate governance bodies will work through those in the coming days and weeks.”

The council will also discuss options for winter sports, according to college basketball insider Jeff Goodman.

The decision comes after the Big Ten, ACC and other conferences announced Thursday it would be shutting down spring sports due to the COVID-19.

The additional year of eligibility could allow current Maryland players such as Maryland women’s lacrosse’s Brindi Griffin, Maryland men’s lacrosse’s Jared Bernhardt and other seniors the option to sport a Terp jersey next year.