The Ivy League Council of Presidents has authorised the chance for present senior student-athletes to play a further season as graduate college students subsequent season, in keeping with an announcement despatched to student-athletes on Thursday.
The assertion, obtained by ESPN, makes it clear that the rule change is a one-time waiver due to the Ivy League canceling its fall and winter seasons. It will not be a everlasting change.
“This transformation is a direct results of the pandemic and won’t be obtainable in future years,” the memo states. “The waiver offers present 4th-year college students the chance to finish their athletics expertise at their present establishment in 2021-22 after staying on monitor to graduate in 4 years.”
It is a stark change for the Ivy League, which previously hasn’t allowed athletic redshirts or permitted graduate college students to play athletics. Round 20 Ivy League males’s basketball gamers have graduated and transferred to a different college since 2015, together with a number of on the high-major stage. Former Columbia switch Mike Smith is likely to be the perfect latest instance; he is the start line guard for Michigan, the No. 3 team in college basketball.
There are additionally greater than 20 Ivy League males’s basketball gamers presently within the NCAA switch portal. Final season’s Co-Participant of the 12 months, Yale ahead Paul Atkinson, has signed to play for Notre Dame subsequent season. Six of the highest 25 gamers in ESPN’s switch rankings are from the Ivy League, together with 4 gamers who earned all-conference honors final season.
“Scholar-athletes who want to make the most of this waiver should be admitted to [and then enroll full-time] as a level in search of graduate college students via common channels at their undergraduate establishment,” the announcement states. “They need to obtain waiver approval from their establishment’s fifth yr advisor and the waiver request should be processed and authorised by the Ivy League workplace. Present Ivy League monetary assist guidelines will proceed to use.”
In November, the Ivy League turned the primary — and solely — Division I convention to cancel all winter sports. Impacted sports activities included males’s and girls’s basketball, wrestling, indoor monitor and area, swimming and fencing.
The Ivy was additionally the primary convention to cancel its males’s and girls’s convention tournaments final March and was the primary convention to announce it would not have fall sports activities due to the coronavirus pandemic.