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NCAA will extend eligibility for spring sport student athletes

Winter sport athletes were left out in the cold, unfortunately.

College World Series - Vanderbilt v Michigan - Game Two Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

The NCAA has voted in favor of extending a blanket waiver for all spring-sport student athletes after their seasons were cut short due to the coronavirus outbreak across the world. Schools will be allowed the opportunity to allow less aid (or none at all) or match what they were already providing this school year at their own discretion.

With this decision, however, winter sport athletes will not have eligibility extended seeing as their seasons were either completed or mostly completed. It never seemed like there was a ton of momentum on that front despite the quick emotional response to the cancelation of events like the NCAA basketball tournaments.

We are entering our third full week without college and professional sports since the halting and cancelation of seasons three weeks ago as COVID-19 continued to spread throughout the United States. There are still plenty of issues to sort out as it pertains to what comes next amid this pandemic, but the spring sport athletes who had their seasons taken from them before they ever really started may get a shot to make up for it should they decide to return.

We will have more on this story and how it impacts the Michigan community in the coming days.