On Wednesday, October 14, 2020, The NCAA Division I council had a busy day of decision making of the collegiate sports world. Not only did the NCAA Division I council waive bowl requirements for the 2020 season. The NCAA Division I council agreed to give back a year of eligibility back to winter athletes of the 2019-2020 season.
On March 12, 2020 the NCAA decide to cancel March Madness, (A collegiate basketball tournament). With COVID-19 spiking , stopping some of the best talent in the world playing in one of the most-viewed sporting events of the year for a chance to be know as the best Division I basketball team. Players like Michigan State Guard Cassius Winston and Oregon Guard Payton Pritchard could recieve an extra year to play college basketball if registered for class before the deadline.
With the NCAA Division I council giving an extra year to winter athletes, this also gives the student athlete to play an extra year if said athlete decide to go in to a Graduate Program. With an extra year given to these athletes, some players and athletes could try their luck in the transfer portal being able to restart their last year.
The NCAA Division I council has cleared Men’s and Women’s Basketball to start scrimmage or exhibitions after Wednesday, November 25, 2020. It should be interesting to see what teams will play on the start date and what the council might say before the start of the season.