As the NCAA faces reality with COVID-19 (coronavirus), adjustments continue to be made. A day after cancelling the 2020 men’s and women’s NCAA Tournaments, the NCAA has granted eligibility relief to all athletes in a variety of spring sports, per Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports.
Corrected: @NCAA has granted eligibility relief for ALL athletes in these spring sports:
Beach volleyball (women), golf (men, women), baseball, lacrosse (m,w), rowing (w), softball, tennis (m,w), outdoor track (m,w), men's volleyball, water polo (women).
— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) March 13, 2020
In a statement, the NCAA announced the decision in a statement:
Council leadership agreed that eligibility relief is appropriate for all Division I student-athletes who participated in spring sports. Details of eligibility relief will be finalized at a later time. Additional issues with NCAA rules must be addressed, and appropriate governance bodies will work through those in the coming days and weeks.
As of this point, men’s and women’s college basketball players are not covered under these new provisions. A change in that seems unlikely, too.
Per source, NCAA sent a note to membership today saying it believes "it will be appropriate to grant relief for the use of a season for competition for student-athletes who have participated in spring sports."
NCAA will start working on issues tied to this & winter athletes.
— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) March 13, 2020