NCAA will grant eligibility back to spring-sport athletes

By: Scottie Bordelon
Published: Friday, March 13, 2020
This is an April 25, 2018, file photo showing NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
This is an April 25, 2018, file photo showing NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

The NCAA’s Division I Council Coordination Committee has agreed to grant an extra year of eligibility to spring-sport athletes affected by the stoppage related to covid-19.

The decision comes less than 24 hours after the NCAA canceled the remainder of national championships for the winter and spring school terms, including the men's and women's NCAA basketball tournaments and College World Series.

In a statement, the NCAA wrote that details of eligibility relief will be finalized at a later time.

The committee will also discuss issues related to winter-sport athletes who were unable to take part in conference and NCAA championships.

This decision could determine the collegiate futures of Arkansas athletes such as seniors Adrio Bailey and Jimmy Whitt of the men's basketball team, and Alexis Tolefree and Kiara Williams, seniors on the Razorbacks' women's basketball team.

They were set to exhaust their eligibility this season.

Arkansas' women were expected to begin play in the NCAA Tournament next week for the first time in five years, and the men defeated Vanderbilt 86-73 on Wednesday at the SEC Tournament. They were scheduled to play South Carolina late Thursday night in Nashville, Tenn., before the tournament was canceled that morning.

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