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    Wisky takes care of Wisky. The he!! with the athletes.

    Wisconsin won't bring back seniors in spring sports next year

    Citing a time of "unprecedented uncertainty in college athletics," Wisconsin officials announced Thursday that the Badgers would not seek waivers for seniors in spring sports whose final seasons were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

    Last month, the NCAA Division I Council approved an extension of eligibility for athletes in spring sports and relaxed scholarship limits to allow seniors in spring sports to return for the 2020-21 academic year.

    The NCAA also left it up to each institution to decide whether to grant seniors in spring sports less or equal financial aid next year, compared to what they received this year. The NCAA said in a statement that the financial aid flexibility applied only to student-athletes who would have exhausted their eligibility in 2019-20.

    "UW Athletics places tremendous emphasis on its student-athletes earning an undergraduate degree and having a great competitive experience," Wisconsin officials said in the statement. "In the case of the UW spring student-athletes to which the NCAA's waiver would apply, a substantial percentage of the student-athletes are scheduled to earn their degrees before next spring. In spite of today's uncertainties, we will do everything possible to support our student-athletes as they work toward those degrees.

    "The athletic department has made the decision to not pursue waivers that would extend the eligibility of our senior student-athletes. Student-athletes in their fourth year of eligibility have concluded their careers with us. This group of student-athletes has our full support up to, including and beyond graduation. They are Badgers for life and we are greatly appreciative of the way they have represented our department and the university."

    The waivers could be applied for student-athletes competing in spring sports: baseball, softball, tennis, golf, outdoor track and field, lacrosse, rowing, men's volleyball, beach volleyball and women's water polo. The NCAA's waiver decision did not include winter sports such as basketball, hockey, swimming and diving, and gymnastics.


    In his monthly radio show on Wednesday, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez told WIBA-AM that the NCAA's decision to grant an extra year of eligibility to athletes in spring sports was "an overreaction."

    "That creates a lot of problems," Alvarez told WIBA-AM. "It's more complicated than that as far as numbers. You've got another group coming in, etc. ... You've got a group of freshmen coming in. Do you want this group coming back? How does that [affect] roster size? There's a financial burden that goes along with that."

    Other Division I schools are weighing similar difficult decisions. Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said Thursday that the Hawkeyes have about 25 to 35 spring sports seniors who would like to return, resulting in a scholarship cost of about $500,000. He said the Iowa athletics department was still working through the issue.

    Alvarez said Wisconsin's decision would affect about 35 seniors in spring sports, and that many of them already had internships or jobs lined up.

    "There's no guarantee that if you were on aid that you would be put back on aid," Alvarez said. "We don't know what the future is. We don't know what's going to happen this fall."

    Wisconsin has projected a revenue shortfall of more than $4 million because of the cancellation of the NCAA basketball tournaments and championship events in other spring sports.

    Last month, the NCAA board of governors voted unanimously to distribute $225 million -- less than half of what it previously budgeted -- to Division I schools in June, following the cancellation of its basketball tournaments and other winter and spring championships because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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    This is my alma mater and while I agree it's weird, I do get it and think more and more schools will make this play, especially if college football (and their revenues) are eliminated by Corona.

    Have to remember that Wisky has zero revenue-generating sports (only softball, rowing, track, tennis, and golf since they have no baseball due to Title IX) in the summer so it is a lot of dead costs.

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    The athletes who were on scholarship this spring still get there schooling paid for this year. It's a big expense for the universities to bring back all the seniors. Plus it's not just seniors, per the NCAA ruling all are eligible for another year. Wisconsin isnt the only school to make this decision, and I bet more are to follow. It sucks for them but I wondered if they may still be able to grad transfer if another school had open roster space.

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    How many seniors are we talking about at Wisconsin? 5, 10, 20, 25 or ??? These P5 schools make MILLIONS and these scholarships are not Full Rides for each athlete...I personally think P5 schools should do the right thing...IMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bogozags View Post
    How many seniors are we talking about at Wisconsin? 5, 10, 20, 25 or ??? These P5 schools make MILLIONS and these scholarships are not Full Rides for each athlete...I personally think P5 schools should do the right thing...IMO
    1,000%. Hence the caustic OP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bogozags View Post
    How many seniors are we talking about at Wisconsin? 5, 10, 20, 25 or ??? These P5 schools make MILLIONS and these scholarships are not Full Rides for each athlete...I personally think P5 schools should do the right thing...IMO
    Depends on what people view as the "right" thing.

    Consider the freshman that will lose a year of playing time because he has to wait for a senior to play out his extended eligibility that wouldn't have otherwise been there. That's just one factor. It's more complicated than just taking care of one group of athletes.

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    Can (spring sports) seniors from Wisconsin transfer and still get an extra season?

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