NCAA lifts on-campus moratorium

The NCAA took the first step in a return to college athletics on Wednesday.

The NCAA Division I Council voted Wednesday to allow student-athletes in football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball to return to voluntary, on-campus workouts when the current moratorium expires on June 1. In addition, the blanket waiver allowing teams in those sports to require eight hours per week of virtual nonphysical activities through the end of June was extended.

The return of athletes in other sports will be voted upon at a later date.

For Indiana and other Big Ten schools, that ability to return remains dependent upon the Big Ten lifting its own ban on all organized team activities, which is set to expire on June 1 as well.

Even if the Big Ten does lift its ban, the final decision is then in the hands of individual institutions, based in part on the rules and regulations put in place by state governments in the various phases of reopening.

Wednesday’s decision clears the way for schools to start down the path of preparing for a college football season in the fall. Many athletic departments need the revenue generated by football to fund other sports. Some schools have already cut other sports programs in the financial wake of the pandemic.

Earlier this week, the NCAA lowered the minimum and maximum number of games Division II schools are required to play in all sports next year. The requirements would return to normal in 2021-22.

Also on Wednesday, the Division I Council approved a resolution to adopt “a comprehensive legislative package creating uniform, modernized rules governing eligibility after transfer for student-athletes in all sports.”

That appears to clear the way for one-time transfers to gain immediate eligibility in football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball, just as currently exists in other sports, but it will not take effect until the 2021-22 school year. Transfers for the 2020-21 school year will still need to request a waiver from the NCAA in order to play immediately.

21 comments

  1. Saw a very frightening financial scenario for college athletics if FB doesn’t restart this fall in an espn article. One thing to remember, if athletics get hit as hard as the nightmare scenario, so will academics. With the exception of the elite academic institutions, athletics drive a lot of contributions to the institutions for things other than athletics.

  2. Don’t believe everything you hear/read on ESPN…They sort of have a stake in things. There are only so many ‘Last Dances,’ celebrity golf tournaments and cornhole competitions one can consume. And Scott Van Pelt is already getting severely on my nerves.

    Still no word on MLB, NBA, NFL, mega millionaire college coaches….willing to give up one dime of their salaries. With such greed, I’m almost ready for the whole system to be stressed like never before. And if that means academics, then so be it. Very expensive college educations are overrated…and I’m sick of handouts to foreign students while most of our inner city kids are plagued by violence and dilapidated school systems.

    We’ve got bigger problems than Van Pelt and millionaire coaches/athletes (none of whom ever want to give back to where their lifelong bread has been buttered) having to beg on street corners.

    1. Your points are well taken H4H,

      I don’t take everything epsn says as correct, but I do know that athletics are a major industry in this country whether we like it or not. There are a lot more people than many realize who have their livelihoods dependent upon these sports, and they don’t make the mega millions of the sporting elite. The other issue is the amount of academic donations to a school which come as a result of the athletic programs. It may not seem right in some circles but the amount of money coming in is not chump change, and the schools are very dependent on those donations. An argument can certainly be made as to how well the schools spend that money and how efficient they operate, but the situation needs to be remedied quickly.

  3. It still turns my stomach when no coaches, MLB players, etc are willing to relinquish anything…to help save the system in crisis.
    I guess they just assume they’ll ‘get theirs’….and, thus, it’s not a crisis.

    When greed reaches those sorts of flippant levels, it’s time for some hurt.

    And you miss where the real dollars are taking the biggest hit…and where the real pressures to get back up and running is being applied. Ever hear of gambling? Seeing/hearing many DraftKings commercials on your ESPN television/radio networks lately? Yup, there is plenty of ‘livelihood’ and addiction in that scrupulous industry.

    The pandemic is putting a lot of mobsters on the beggers’ corner. Internet gambling and Vegas ….Isn’t that the whole reason we even play sports anymore? Nobody cares who wins or loses…All you care about is winners, losers, point spreads …and the over/under. That’s the engine of college and professional athletics.
    And where are the gambling dollars helping to bailout college athletics? Nope, none to be found. All bailouts on the backs of student tuition and taxpayers. Honestly, whatever the system is now, it deserves to rot in the rot its already created. None of it is about student athletes or trying to lower the cost of education….or to give that concession stand worker/stadium worker a livable salary.
    It’s a system of greed and the pandemic has the corrupt robber barrons, racist owners/old white men’s hierarchy and gangsters just a bit nervous for the very first time.

    1. Tuition and taxpayer dollars do not, by and large, support college athletics. Rights fees (apparel and broadcast), donations, sponsorships and ticket revenues do that. Whatever “bailouts” May occur, they won’t come from taxpayers and tuition dollars.

  4. LeBron James is just one example that could be the face of professional sports and what is represented. Since I pretty much am a hater of professional sports has grown into what it represents…if they became non existent (wiped off the face of the earth similar to the prehistoric dinosaur) forcing societal paradigm shifts to something more worthwhile would be one of the greatest accomplishments of mankind existence.

    1. t: The dynamics that have evolved, especially the NBA and MLB have over the years totally turn me off. At least the NFL (although a ridiculous pre season 4 games) has a restricted schedule and compensation, make or break system. The unremorseful, outrageous, prolific greed of pro basketball and baseball I hope leads to their demise.
      Still hoping college baseball, football seasons are able to overcome the plague.

      1. Brad,
        I’m with you on this one. The nba has done more to damage college basketball than any other source I can think of. The whole cycle we are now seeing being played out with the one and done’s, the corruption with the shoe companies, even the AAU debacles all trace back to the pursuit of the nba dollars. Sadly, for every one kid who makes it to the nba big time, how many don’t. This exploitation of these kids is a moral outrage. If they don’t succeed to the nba, and all they were recruited to the school for was a year or two, and never get an education, what have we done to them?

      2. One thing to remember, if athletics get hit as hard as the nightmare scenario, so will academics. With the exception of the elite academic institutions, athletics drive a lot of contributions to the institutions for things other than athletics.

        And don’t the contributions also drive the shoe deals and the insanely high salaries given to coaches (even those who get 30 million over 10 seasons and who coach with cue cards)? Does the institution of religion also get into the donation cycle (helping to influence hires/choices via the dollars they can offer to both private and public universities)?

        But now that the system is in crisis, are coaches willing to give up some of their mega salaries? Are religious institutions and private donors still willing to fund and support without the evangelist displaying a shoe/apparel logo at the podiums?
        Are Nike and other shoe/apparel companies stepping up to donate to universities absent a season where they may not have their normal stage and influence? Can’t they pay Chinese sweatshop workers 5 cents/hr instead of 10 cents/hr…and give those added savings back to universities so it trickles down to “academics?”
        Can any of these mega business enterprises who have profited for years off of college athletes, bowl games and ‘March Madness,’ etc find any small change on their balance sheets to help sustain the system that filters down to “academics?”
        Because if they don’t, who does? Answer: The student and parents already strapped by astronomical college expenses/tuition and the taxpayer.

        There is plenty of greed at the college level…This isn’t just a ‘blame the NBA/MLB’ for the abuses. When you get in bed with gangsters, you are a gangster. But, suddenly, the gangsters are broke? Gosh, our country is in great shape. Most Americans live paycheck to paycheck…and so does all of college athletics. But the rich, the millionaire coaches, the Nike execs, the ESPN execs all still get theirs…and keep theirs.
        And they’ll all keep theirs until it crumbles to the ground. But it won’t crumble. They’ve called their bluff …America is just one big bluff and the rest of us fold like zombies and buy into all the fear tactics the 1% has mastered to keep the 99% just where the peasantry belongs.

        1. No one is going to give up any of their wealth/money to such a degree. Rather mega churches and such hypocrites as in elite status institutions and individuals (whatever label) ask for donations or more money so they can spread the word and do what is best for always first themselves, then turn the handle to see how many peanuts in the peanut machine fall onto the rest of society.

          1. 20 years ago I was engaged to a young health care professional. Found out she was sending a $1000 a month to one of those mega church located in Georgia and was trying to increase the amount because the church needed more money. She also had a pet monkey which hated me. So between the monthly donation and me leaving recipe for monkey burgers around, we went our separate ways.

  5. H4H, where is your disgust with DC politicians that go from being upper middle class to multiple millionaires? They produce little that really helps people, except the bureaucrats, while sports at least has fans that are willing to volunteer money to watch them.

    Back to the story, I am glad to see the teams getting back on campus, I hope, as it gives them time to adjust to the new rules over the summer heading into the fall. The CDC is this virus doesn’t easily spread on surfaces and is more person to person spread so I am sure the rules will change by fall.

  6. If you back the money (whatever label is put on it) out to its origin (track back far enough) money in an economy is distributed via an economic process (if money goes one place that money doesn’t go to other places though one may argue that money produces other or more money. However, whether or not directly or indirectly one could make just as strong an argument that college costs including tax dollars and tuition costs do indeed support college athletics financially from
    A to Z… And the balance of economic forces in the distribution process are way way way out of wack.

    1. Maybe they’re “out of whack”, but tax dollars and tuition aren’t used to fund athletic departments, by and large, and there is no argument to support that they are.

  7. Wrong. Couple of months ago I quoted an article relating to added tuition cost supporting athletics. From what I recall VMI and another Virginia school were mentioned as well as numerous other smaller schools. It was estimated that students accrued $20,000 Athletics add-on over a four year program, in addition to individual games a student may wish to attend.

      1. Well Duhhh. Probably why I did not mention IU or any Power 5. I noted VMI and “smaller schools”. Geez.

  8. My point is: the money that goes to one place (in this example sports) could go to another place to lower costs of going to college. So in effect taxes and tuition costs do impact athletic programs and increase college costs.

  9. Rutgers imposed pretty high mandatory student fees that were intended to directly support revitalizing their Football and Basketball programs. It was all over the media a few yeas back.

    The financial value of a school’s successful FB and BB programs is that it leads to the enrollment of a far greater number of out-of-state students who pay much higher tuition. Students whose parents have the means often find it easier to get accepted into out-of-state schools compared to comparable in-state schools, and many want their college experience to be enhanced by celebrating a winning major sports program. This has been well documented and quantified in numerous articles involving schools like Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, etc.

    The loss of revenue from FB and BB will do lots of damage to FCS Schools/D-II and non-revenue-producing sports at all D-I schools, whose budgets are funded by FB (mostly) and BB revenues. If those D-I schools want to save those non-revenue-producing varsity sports, maybe it’s time their highly paid FB and BB coaches agree to take a haircut. You could fund all of Alabama’s and Duke’s non-revenue-producing sports with less than half of the annual salaries of their respective FB and BB coaches.

    1. Po,

      I’m not normally a fan of espn, but their article released yesterday entitled “Financial toll of coronavirus could cost college football at least 4 billion,” is an interesting read. It is lengthy but contains a great deal of data regarding the financial fallout to collegiate athletics across the country in at a near universal level. Whether accurate or not, it is worth everyone looking at regarding the potential damage which could be done.

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