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NCAA ‘Unlikely’ to Grant Extra Eligibility for Seniors in Winter Sports

No Cam, Dizzy or Lindy next year.

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With the NCAA abruptly canceling its postseason tournaments across the board in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, there was hope — ever so slight hope, but hope nonetheless! — that athletes in winter sports whose season was ended could be granted an extra year of eligibility.

That hope appears to be flickering. Jon Rothstein reported Wednesday that the possibility of that happening is “unlikely,” though players involved in spring sports — baseball, softball among them — have been granted an extra year.

So that’s how it ends for Jonathan Laurent, Cam McGriff, Lindy Waters, Thomas Dziagwa and Trey Reeves. For Clitan De Sousa and Mariam Gnanou, too. Total bummer for OSU men’s hoops, especially.

The Cowboys entered the postseason on a three-game winning streak, knocked off Iowa State in the Big 12 tournament’s first round and had Kansas on deck with a real chance to get into the NCAA Tournament picture. But just like that, poof, all gone.

“Most kids will remember the end of their careers not being a situation like that,” Mike Boynton said of the situation this week. “[Our guys] didn’t take their jerseys off. They didn’t get to put them on for the last time.”

Rothstein’s report is on the “unlikely” and not the inevitable. But it does seem like at this point his report is likely just a formality for what the NCAA will eventually decide, thus ending the careers of hundreds of college athletes across the country.

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