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.