Roster management crisis in the making?

There’s a good ESPN piece here ($$) about the consequences to flow from the NCAA’s decision last year to grant every fall student-athlete an extra year of eligibility if they so choose.

The challenge is that there is no rule allowing teams to go over the scholarship limit beyond 2021.  So what happens if the NCAA never comes up with anything to address that?  Well, here’s just a little taste of what’s to come:

Coaches will get extra scholarships for the seniors in the 2021 season, but they don’t have any help for the 2022 season with juniors who would have been seniors this coming season. Those players normally would come off the books after this upcoming season, but since they’re now technically juniors, they can come back in 2022.

Some of those older, veteran players will graduate from school academically, but still have eligibility left, which is likely going to cause some uncomfortable conversations and decisions between coaches and the student-athletes.

“The gray area that I don’t think a lot of people understand is you’re only bound to these guys until they graduate,” the first source said. “Once they graduate, you don’t have to renew their scholarship. A lot of people don’t do that because it’s not a good practice and if they’re good players you want them to stay, but that’s part of what could happen with all of this.”

It doesn’t sound like that transfer portal will be getting smaller any time soon, in other words.


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17 responses to “Roster management crisis in the making?

  1. dawg100

    Same thing happening all over in high schools. Some school systems have seen 20%-30% and more of students who have never logged in online. They can’t keep them in school; there isn’t enough room.

    Pandemic or not, the pipeline of children simply didn’t stop coming!

    So, a feel good measure such as no loss of eligibility or necessity in the case of high schoolers not being ready to graduate runs into the law of unintended consequences.

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  2. J.R. Clark

    How did the NCAA and high schools handle this similar problem after 1945? There were grown-ass men who came back from WWII and they played high school football alongside the kids. Same thing happened in college football. There were 25 year old men who came back to play football in college.


  3. Ozam

    The NCAA wrote the book on the law of unintended consequences.

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  4. Russ

    It should be easy enough to fix if the NCAA actually cared. Bump up the scholarship limit this year, then gradually reduce it back to 85 over the next 4 years. It would smooth out the bump, but of course it will never happen.

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  5. uga97

    Time to not sign up for those summer courses. Perhaps they can work towards a grad degree & prep for NFL as if they were “opting” out of their senior year anyway & avoiding injury.


  6. ASEF

    Just have programs every year ID the seniors who have decided to use that extra season and come back. They don’t count against the 85.

    So, in 4 years, last year’s freshman class will be the final group cycling through. How many having reached the end of their normal eligibility, will opt for an extra season?

    Programs will float along for a period with a few extra kids on scholarship. Why would the NCAA care?

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  7. Texas Dawg

    I’m shocked! The NCAA did something without thinking it all the way through.

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  8. Schools complaining about lost revenue. Mouthpiece for schools not increasing scholarship limits. Hmmmmm…..


  9. classiccitycanine

    I think this feel good rule was a bad idea from the start, especially since most of the fall sports actually got a season played.