In keeping with the decision for fall athletes, the NCAA officially ruled winter athletes would receive an extra year of eligibility.
NCAA officially approves giving additional year of eligibility to all winter sport athletes, sources told @Stadium— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) October 14, 2020
What it means for Iowa is, well, they could run it back with everyone next year if Luka Garza and Jordan Bohannon decided to stay a fifth and sixth year, respectively. Though it’s unlikely they take the year, both could chase conference records - Garza with points and Bohannon with threes - in 2021/22.
Further down the pipe, Iowa’s six-man freshman class (2020 recruits + Patrick McCaffery) will turn into a seven-man class in 2021 with Peyton Sandfort. Somebody like former Hawkeye Cordell Pemsl could get a grad degree from Virginia Tech and head to another school and get another degree. I hope he does!
Flipping sports, Spencer Lee will be able to chase four individual national championships, if he is able to get his third in spring 2021.
Though it makes sense for the NCAA to add the year of eligibility given the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, I can’t help but think it is a day late and dollar short considering how 2020 seniors were left without any semblance of closure. After all, there is a plan (we think) to hold national championships amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021 while 2020 seniors were not granted that possibility.
There is also the concern(?) about the sport becoming even more like the wild West with transfers. At least there are people like Jeff Goodman to keep it in line for the rest of us.
I am not prepared to handle the transfer list this season.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) October 13, 2020
Gonna need some help!!! https://t.co/eT47j3V5KL