NCAA Div. II grant student-athletes an extra-year of eligibility

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Published: Sep. 4, 2020 at 8:39 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - On September 2, the National Collegiate Athletic Association announced that they will grant all Division II Fall sports student-athletes extra relief. All Division II Fall sport-athletes can play a season this school year while receiving an extra year of eligibility.

This decision will impact volleyball and cross country for the Alaska Nanooks, who had their seasons cancelled due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. This means a team could play their Fall sports in the spring while not losing a year of eligibility.

“This is amazing, especially given that we’re dealing with unprecedented challenges in inter-collegiate athletics for this academic year,” said University of Alaska Fairbanks Vice Chancellor Keith Champagne. “So it helps us to manage budgets and to manage our roster and those challenges that have come with it. But more importantly it is legislation that’s in the best interest and well-being for our student-athletes going forward. I’m just excited to see the NCAA leadership make those kind of student-athlete centric decisions.”

The Great Northwest Athletic Conference, which the Alaska Nanooks compete in, is exploring at having their Fall sports in the spring semester, with sports like volleyball only playing a conference schedule.

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