NCAA spring athletes are being given a mulligan after their 2020 seasons were cut short.
The NCAA Division-I Council on Monday voted to allow athletes whose seasons were canceled by the Coronavirus to keep a year of eligibility. The ruling impacts all athletes, not just seniors who were in danger of seeing their final seasons end abruptly.
"The Council's decision gives individual schools the flexibility to make decisions at a campus level," NCAA DI Council Athletics Chair M. Grace Calhoun said in a statement. "The Board of Governors encouraged conferences and schools to take action in the best interest of student-athletes and their communities, and now schools have the opportunity to do that."
Athletes affected locally will be members of the Cal State Bakersfield baseball, softball, beach volleyball, women's golf and men's and women's track and field teams. This follows a similar ruling made by the CCCAA on March 19, which allowed athletes at the junior college level to maintain their eligibility after seasons were canceled by COVID-19.